We discovered, first tasted and purchased this wine during our winery visit and at a lunch tasting with winemaker Nils Venge as part of our Napa Valley Wine Experience 2002. In earlier blog posts I've written about that visit and previous tasting notes, other vintage tasting notes, and Nils Venge, his work with the Sangiovese grape varietal and its history. .
As with earlier tasting notes, the 2000 Venge Vineyards Sangiovese is grown on the Venge Family Estate Penny Lane Vineyard in Oakville. Ripe and smooth for a Sangiovese, the 2000 is dark inky color but starting to show a tinge of rust and brown edges at this stage of life. Medium bodied, it still presents pretty, ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors at its core highlighted by a layer of herb and anise notes and touch of leather and tobacco. It has a flavorful lush long finish.
Tasted with L and Sean celebrating his birthday at Angelis, our favorite neighborhood Italian trattorria.
|Tasting with Nils Venge at Tra Vigne |
in St Helena, Napa Valley
|Venge Vineyards Family Reserve |
Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese