The Paoloni Estate
- Paoloni is a family owned boutique production winery that sits on some of the best land on the northern side of the valley.
- Paolo lives at his vineyard site where he takes great pride in farming close to the earth, organic is just a starting point.
- All wines are made from his estate vineyards, which were planted in succession by Paolo Paoloni himself beginning in 1998. His vineyard sites are more sloped and rolling than most, as well as at a higher elevation than the majority of the valley. His higher elevation sites contain more granite in the soil which results in a higher minerality and less of the saline presence that some of the lower elevation vineyard sites in Valle de Guadalupe occasionally contain.
- Paolo's technique mirrors an old school Italian approach to wine making, which results in a wine with fresh minerality and complex wonderfully nuanced floral aromas.
Total production: 9 wines, 10,000 cases
2017 Sangiovese Grosso - Paoloni
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
Sangiovese is not a grape that is found widespread in this region but the few iterations of it that can be found from small production single vineyard wineries are excellent and this 2017 is a great example. Aged for 8 months in French oak, and presenting a light body of bright red slightly candied fruits this wine is as elegant in the mouth as it is expressive on the nose and has an internal balance that is perfect for the give and take nature of good food pairing.
2,000 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 10 years
100% Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello clone)
Paolo Paoloni - Italian born, now a Mexican citizen
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards located approximately 10 miles from the Pacific on the northwest valley wall at an elevation of 1,000 ft. All orginial planting vines that were put to soil in 1997 that are direct rooted which makes them less vigorous and their fruit more concentrated. Soil is decomposed granite and red clay.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks, and then racked into 1st use French oak barrels and aged for 8 months.
Sulfites: 35 ppm