Seghesio Family Vineyards Venom Rattlesnake Hill Vineyard Alexander Valley Sangiovese 2016


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Seghesio Family Vineyards Venom Rattlesnake Hill Vineyard Alexander Valley Sangiovese 2016

90 pts – Wine Spectator

“Floral raspberry and toasty pepper aromas lead to tightly focused sweet anise and briary sage flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,213 cases made.”
— TIM FISH, OCT. 31, 2019

Growing and producing world-class Sangiovese is not for the faint of heart. Rattlesnakes, thistle and America’s most unique clone of Sangiovese are all that thrive atop Rattlesnake Hill on our Home Ranch. The 40% slope, shallow topsoil and virtually impenetrable volcanic shale are the perfect antidote for taming this vigorous varietal into producing intensely flavored grapes. The clone, planted in 1910 by Edoardo Seghesio in America’s oldest Sangiovese vineyard, produces small-berried, loosely formed clusters. This wine is 100% Sangiovese from Rattlesnake Hill on our Home Ranch estate in Alexander Valley.


Rattlesnake Hill overlooks the Home Ranch and the greater Alexander Valley. As the name suggests, this vineyard is on a rather rugged hill, giving this parcel great drainage. With only 8-16 inches of topsoil and clay soils with varying underlying layers of basalt, sandstone, and serpentine rock, vines have a difficult time surviving.


2016 harvest began early and went by quickly. Although the summer was generally mild, spring’s dry warm weather accelerated vine development, ultimately producing smaller berries and concentrated flavors. Sustained warm weather coupled with depleted water reserves culminated in a furiously paced compact harvest that was completed before the end of September, producing a vintage of exceptional quality.


The grapes were sorted by hand before and after de-stemming to remove green material and then placed into small, opentop fermentors with punch down maceration by hand. Maceration time lasted for 10 days. The wine finished alcoholic fermentation and completed malolactic conversion in barrel. The wine was racked once prior to blending and bottling.


Pretty aromas of red fruits, rose water and lavender lead to a delightful palate of dried cherries, vanilla and spice. The wine is rich yet lively, with a mouthfeel of silky tannins and firm acidity. Earthy and savory dishes such as mushroom and sausage risotto, duck confit and chicken cacciatore would be sublime pairings with this wine.

VA R I E TA L COMPOSTITION:  100% Sangiovese
HARVEST: September 2016
AGING: Aged 18 months in 15% new 500L French oak puncheons and 30% concrete tanks.
ALCOHOL: 14.9%
PRODUCTION: 1213 cases
RELEASE DATE: September 2019
PEAK ENJOYMENT: Cellaring potential through 2024.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 6 × 6 in


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