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Nebbiolo Sisquoc 2009

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In 1998, Steve Clifton worked with Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley to plant the very first Nebbiolo grapes from the Michet clone in California. Since the very first vintage in 2002, it was obvious that these grapes were something special. The vineyard's deep clay sub-soil, cool nights, warm days, gentle breezes and morning fog create the perfect environment. 

Great patience is required to work with Nebbiolo. Steve has spent years experimenting with Nebbiolo to better understand its demands and fully extract its potential so we are honored to see the the great response this wine has had over the years from both consumers and critics alike.

The 2009 Nebbiolo Sisquoc Vineyard hits the palate with waves of intense bright red fruit. Bold and punchy, the 2009 remains incredibly primary and in need of more time in bottle. Today the tannins are firm and piercing, but the 2009 has more than enough density to drink well for a number of years. Bright citrus-inflected notes ring out on the finish. The 2009 spent three and a half years in cask."
- 92+ Points, Antonio Galloni


Tasting Notes
The 2009 Sisquoc is more focused and structured than the 2008 with dense aromas of black mission figs, black plums, medjool dates, molasses, rose water and ginger snaps. Flavors of juicy black cherry, plum skin tannins and hints of sage and mint with savory undertones reminiscent of beef broth.


Food Pairing Notes
The wine pairs deliciously with hearty meals such as braised meats and stews, as well as roasted pork, poultry and squash. Be sure to add a savory element such as fennel or orange zest to draw out the subtle nuances in the wine.

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