2016 Sommelier Challenge
Our new Pitagora Sonoma County red wine blend serves as a tribute to those with curiosity and the thirst for knowledge.
When Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino, was a child growing up in the small town of Bernalda in Southern Italy, he often played among ancient Greek ruins in nearby Metaponto, where thousands of years earlier stood a school run by the legendary Greek scholar Pythagoras — Pitagora in Italian. More than a mathematician, Pythagoras was also a philosopher who sought new ways of understanding the world through mathematics, astronomy, and music theory. This wine pays homage to those curious about the nature of how things work, and their thirst for knowledge.
With fruit hailing from three sub-appellations of Sonoma: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Knights Valley,Syrah is the backbone of this blend. The remainder is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah. Each varietal adds its own unique characteristics. Cabernet Sauvignon gives this blend density and longevity, with Cabernet Franc adding floral notes and spice characteristics, Petit Verdot lending weight and earthy minerals, and Petite Sirah adding a meaty, peppery nuance. Selected lots were aged in a combination of French and American oak for 15 months, with the blended wine aged for 12 months. The coffee-mocha-espresso tone is a result of the American oak.
Pitagora is a robust, full-bodied blend, highlighted with ripe fruit flavors of briary blackberries, juicy plums, and black currants, enlivened by toasted oak, earthy notes, and fragrant spice nuances. There is a rich entry on the palate and a generous tannin structure that frames the fruit. While this wine has weight and intensity, it also has a light creamy element on the finish, creating good texture for this highly expressive wine.
Petite Sirah, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
15 months French and American oak