Dante Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Michael Pozzan proudly presents Dante, named after his eldest son, Michael Dante Pozzan. Dante Collection is as rich in character as in culture, and as vibrant in personality as Michael’s son. Sourced primarily from Lodi, the wine carries a lot of depth and complexity that few wines at this price point show.
Varietal Composition: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot
Elaboration: Traditional vinification. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled vats. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: The nose is volatile with aromas of black plum, blackberries, tobacco, nutmeg and clove, and perfumed with the smoke of freshly roasted coffee. In the mouth, the flavors suggest cassis, juicy raspberries, and dark chocolate-covered cherries. The tannins are round and broad, with a long-lasting finish of sweet smoke and cinnamon.
Michael’s wine roots trace back to the late 1800’s in Piedmont, Italy where his great grandfather first planted vines. After traveling to America in the early-mid 1900’s, Michael’s grandfather moved to Sonoma where he planted 35 acres of Zinfandel in 1948. Some of these original vines still exist today and can be seen at the end of Pozzan Road in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Michael grew up spending his summers at his grandparent’s vineyard and it is the foundation from which his passions spawned.
As a young adult, Michael became involved in the California wine industry working for several companies focused on imports and distribution. It wasn’t until 1990 that Michael, with the loving support of his wife Mary Ann, left his sales position to follow his dream of producing his own wine. Displaying a keen pallet and a knack for blending, Michael Pozzan released his first vintage in 1991, consisting of 200 cases. Over the years his success grew as he formed stronger relationships with winemaking peers and growers, giving him the edge in producing fine wines from the most competitive region in the country.
Now celebrating over 25 years of production, Michael is joined by his two sons, Dante and Matthew Pozzan, as the family winery looks to continue their passion of producing fine wines with balance and personality.