Dusty, dried cherry, tangy aroma moves to tastes of wild red cherry, cola, beef broth and white pepper. Savory finish, in other words the flavors are more about spice and earth than fruit. Medium/medium light bodied. Bright, tangy and an excellent companion with fatty fish and lean pork dishes. (Brian of 601 says it’s great with Mexican food…I’ll have to try it with pork carnitas.) Writing these notes reminds how “Italian” style this wine is. That was the winery’s goal…well done!
The fruit is from “Duarte Vineyard” in El Dorado County, a little up the hill from Auburn. This is the only vintage 601 made from this vineyard. Too bad.
601 Cellars is owned and made by husband/wife Brian Doody and Laura Larson. Their focus is on Napa Valley Sangiovese but they “dabble” in other regions (like this Sierra Foothills Sangio) and other grapes. I’m impressed with the quality of the wines particularly because they (particularly Brian who heads the winemaking) is self-taught.
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