Here’s a strong, tasty, unique blend of Lagrein and Refosco, two grapes of Northeast Italian origin. These grapes come from El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills’ “Lone Pine Vineyard.” Field blend/co-ferment (in other words, the grapes grow together and ferment together). Get a big hit of wild dark red berries with bits of black pepper, black tea and anise. Tons of smells and flavors, then, just before you swallow, a wave of tannins. These are good tannins, ones that will soften with air, with time, and with well seasoned red and white meat dishes. This is an excellent red wine for chewy Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers.
Ron Magnavita-Phillips, winemaker/do it all proprietor, is based in Napa Valley, and his wines are all from outside Napa. His passion for wine lies in the lesser-known realm of grapes and styles: Lagrein, Tannat and Refosco grapes. Skin ferment Pinot Gris. Everything he makes is with skill and purpose. These are wines to know about – I’m glad I do!