The vineyard in Wooden Valley predicates a Sangiovese that resembles Brunello more than Chianti. Because it is 100% Sangiovese the true flavors of the varietal are retained. The hand picked grapes are gently crushed into open and closed top tanks for fermentation. The exclusive use of free run juice allows the undiluted and unhampered expression of pure Sangiovese flavors. Following fermentation the wine is racked into 60 gallon, medium toast French oak barrels for 24 months inside the stone winery and caves thus achieving richness of color and the softening of tannins of this vibrant and youthful varietal. The wine is lightly filtered prior to bottling.
The Sangiovese vineyard was planted in 1986 and is located on the 400 acre Altamura Ranch in Wooden Valley. Sangiovese is a naturally vigorous varietal requiring nutrient poor soils and a growth inhibiting rootstock. Sobrante Loam and Bressa-Dibble Complex soils provide the foundation for the Brunello and Sangiovese Grosso clones planted on 3309 and 420-A rootstock. The vines are partially dry-farmed and are vertically trellised. Additionally, up to 60% of the crop is thinned after berry set to ensure a wine with the intense, deep, fruit flavors that characterize Altamura Sangiovese.