Five Star Cellars Sangiovese
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sangiovese is the dominate grape across the beautiful country of Italy brought to our states and growing very well over the years. The grape has been adapted and tweaked slightly over the years to have its own New World style and identity.
- Sangiovese is a grape that is made into a wine that is suppose to be very universal in its use. A wine that pairs with many different foods and types of cooking. It is on the lighter side of things as far as other wines go.
- Do not let this deceive you though, this still has many layers and complexities even though it is not dark and heavy as many Cabernet Sauvignons. Sangiovese’s are more fruit forward and carry great acid and complexity for something that can be consumed earlier in its life.
- Five Star has been working with Sangiovese since 2003. This is one of the wineries most fun wines to make.
Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
Elaboration: The wine was produced in the Walla Walla Valley on three vineyards, 35% Blue Mountain Vineyard, 35% Pepperbridge Vineyard and 30% Seven Hills Vineyard. It is treated in European oak 1-2 fill and aged 18 months.
Tasting Notes: Great ruby red color redirects your focus to this wine. Star anise and dried tea leaves show the spice and maturity of this wine. Wonderfully balanced acid with bursts of cherries and a symphony of tree fruits. The finish is long and holds the fruit to the end.
Before he retired as a John Deere dealer in the state of Washington, David Huse came to know many vineyard owners in the Walla Walla Valley. What started as a post-retirement experiment grew into a full-fledged passion for the Huse family. As the Five Star Cellars website proclaims, they use “grapes only from the highest quality vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley.”
David started Five Star Cellars in 2000, and the first vintage consisted of 120 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. That doubled the following year with Cabernet and Merlot. After a 2002 remodel, Dave’s son Matt took over as winemaker and they released their first vintage, which quickly sold out. They added a Syrah to their growing list of vintages and continue to draw fruit from some of the area’s storied vineyard owners.