The Sangiacomo family has farmed the Carneros region for generations. The single-vineyard designate showcases the distinct character of their Home Ranch Vineyard. Planted in 1982, these 30-plus-year-old vines have small yields of exceptionally dense grapes. The result is wines with intensity and power, but also a refined elegance that comes from the older vines.
The fruit for this wine comes from "Home 82," the oldest block at the Sangiacomo family's original homestead on the Sonoma County side of the cool, windy Carneros region.
Good rains in February lead to a warm summer, which then turned cool in August, resulting in a later harvest than the last few years. What followed was a long warm fall with near perfect growing conditions and extended hang time. In the end it was one of the longest harvests on record and also above average crop size. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. Each barrel was hand-selected for this wine. Production was limited to 250 cases.
Upon release, the wine is straw yellow, but the color will deepen with age. The nose elicits scents of orange blossom, pears, meyer lemon and vanilla. Flavors of white peaches, pineapple, vanilla and fresh apple pie are carried by bright acidity to a long finish punctuated by a creamy mouthfeel.