Talking Terroir: Sangiacomo Vineyard
With our seventh vintage of Landmark’s Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay, we are thrilled to feature our amazing grower-partners at Sangiacomo. The 2017 bottling represents another successful collaboration of wine growers and winemaker.
In 1987, The Sangiacomo family bought the property located adjacent to the intersection of Stage Gulch Road and Arnold Drive in the Carneros appellation of Sonoma. The unique natural advantages of the location, soil, maritime climate and thoughtful vineyard plantings have led to incredibly consistent fruit quality. This property has provided Winemaker Greg Stach with a source that, year after year, produces grapes that deliver a special character and sense of place.
Within this vineyard parcel, we source from two blocks planted with the Wente selection, famous for its cluster architecture of small and big berries. The small, often seedless berries possess intense flavor concentration, while the bigger berries offer a more generous juice-to-skin ratio. The Wente selection is low-yielding, early-blooming and early-ripening with intense fruit character of citrus and apricot, along with notes of toasted marshmallow and marzipan… what more could a winemaker ask for?
As with all the wine programs that we source from the Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, we work closely with the Sangiacomos to achieve our common goal of creating world-class wine. This kind of quality requires a discerning eye: of the 170 acres of wine grapes planted at the Sangiacomo Vineyard, Greg has narrowed it down to just 24 rows to handcraft the 2017 Landmark Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay. We hope you enjoy tasting it as much as we enjoyed making it. Cheers!