2005 Ingleside Vineyards Sangiovese - IntoWineTV Episode 59

Is California the only American region producing great wine? In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen for the tasting and discussion of 25 different American wines NOT from California. On what was one of the hottest San Francisco days in recent memory (for those of you unfamiliar with the city, few places have air conditioning in San Francisco), Lisa, Bartholomew, and Pamela weathered the elements and tasted a variety of wines -sparklers, whites, reds, unique varietals, and sweet dessert wines- from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.

Theme: Underdog Wines. In this tasting IntoWine is featuring wines from American producers found outside the state of California.

Wine: 2005 Ingleside Vineyards Sangiovese ($19.95)
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Region: Virginia

Varietals: 85% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 

Alcohol %: 12.5%

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Notes: With lovely ruby color, this wine exhibits hints of cherry and blackberry aromas. Light tannins and moderate acidity work to give the wine a refreshing character and balance. Enjoy with red sauce pastas and other Italian dishes.

Ingleside Vineyards is one of the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. It is part of a 3,000 acre estate which has been owned by the Flemer family for over o­ne hundred years. Charles H. Flemer purchased Ingleside in 1890 and today o­ne of his great-great grandsons is proprietor of Ingleside Vineyards.

Virginia's Northern Neck is a peninsula formed by the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, both breathtaking in their beauty. The rivers are tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, which is a major factor in creating a stable climate accommodating the many American hybrid and grafted European vines. The vineyards cover about 70 acres of gently rolling, well-drained countryside. The climate and topography, along with the soil which is a sandy loam, create conditions similar to those of the Bordeaux region of France.

Experts:

Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO of Broadbent Selections. Bartholomew was named as one of the "fifty most influential people in the wine world" by Decanter Magazine. He is also widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. Learn more about Bartholomew Broadbent.

Pamela Busch, Co-Owner and Wine Director at CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen in San Francisco. Learn more about Pamela Busch.