2010 Saviezza (old vine Sangiovese)
Saviezza - (An old Italian word for “wisdom” or “knowledge”) "As I like to say, the more you drink, the smarter you think you are." - Benjamin
The 2010 is the 10th vintage from the old Tepusquet Vineyard at Cambria Estates in the Santa Maria Bench. It is the last Saviezza, and probably the most popular wine I sell. The old Cabernet roots were planted in 1971 by Louis Lucas. They were grafted in the early nineties to Sangiovese, and I started working with them in 2000. The old roots de-vigorated the Sangiovese & the yield was less than 2 tons per acre.
Harvest: 10/22/10 The Sangiovese clone 3 was picked after six days of rain! The vintage was a cooler later one, producing very small berries and small clusters. I performed a saigne to bleed off some juice in the fermenter before the cold soak and fermentation began.The 2010 wines are big and bold with dark fruits, smooth and lots of spice, great structure with some integrated tannins.
Ripe black plums, blackberry fruit, cola, anise, cinnamon spice with a hint of sweetness from oak. Ripe dark fruit flavors and intense warm spices fill the mid palate,. The tannin is fantastically integrated with the fruit, forming a bigger structured wine than normal. This ball of fruit & spice carries into the finish.
Although this vintage has the exact same percentages & same fruit sources as the preceding 2008, and 2009 it is a different wine. It’s more like the 2008 than the 2009. Aging took place in Seguin Moreau French oak 500L puncheons for the first time. The extra time in barrel and tank, the 2010 has successfully married together the three grape varieties seamlessly to become its own personality.
Enjoy the 2010 with an Osso Bucco, or with a spaghetti bolognese.
Enjoy now through 2026.
**Please serve at 58°-62°F (20 minutes in the refrigerator before drinking.)