Tom Stolpman named his favorite Syrah block after Marilyn Stolpman’s Italian family – the Angeli clan - back in 2002. In 2008, we honored our high density hilltop Sangiovese block with the Angeli moniker as well. For the Sangiovese Angeli selection, we modified the label to read SANGIO DEGLI ANGELI, Blood of the Angels.
When we planted this perfected Sangiovese block in 2004, Italian Consultant Alberto Antonini recommended Clone 23 as it is his favorite Sangiovese Grosso strain from the famed Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
2013 will be remembered for intense, robust wines. The ridgeline Sangio degli Angeli vineyard seems to have shrugged off the temperature extremes and low yields of 2013. Accustomed to fighting through each year without top-soil, exposed to all-day sun, and unsheltered from gale force Ballard Canyon wind; the block managed to create a delicate, nuanced, even feminine profile in 2013.
A testament to Ruben’s dry farming, he has encouraged our strong, hard-scrabble vines to dig in and surprise us with unexpected character.
AT THE WINERY
We have the luxury of only selecting our favorite barrels of the Sangio degli Angeli for the final cuvee. To guarantee the wine is age-worthy, the wine matures for 30 months in larger 500 liter puncheons in which less oxidation occurs versus a normal, smaller barrel. The larger oak vessels allow for freshness while still allowing youthful Sangiovese tannin to integrate.
A nose full of black cherries seamlessly transfers over to the palate. A finessed, floating mouthfeel creates soft, luxurious textures. Elegant yet full-bodied with a fine, lasting finish. 2013 Sangio degli Angeli effortlessly struts a smooth sophistication – one that we could never have constructed, but instead, awaited our discovery lying in the cold of our barrel room.