Winemaker William Mosby - you can call him Bill - caught the winemaking bug during his college days. As he states on the winery website, "I fermented anything I could get my hands on." We are all glad his hands quickly found some grapes.
It's the Italian grape that gets Mosby going. His mission at Mosby Winery and Vineyard is to make "fine Cal-Italian wines from estate-grown grapes" in Buellton, CA. In the land of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Mosby's vineyard bursts forth with grapes like Dolcetto, Lagrein, Cortese, Traminer and Pinot Grigio. He also makes a bit of grappa and wild plum and raspberry spirits.
Subtitled on the label as Vigna Della Casa Vecchia - what did the TTB have to say about that? - the Mosby Sangiovese hits 14.4% abv on the alcohol scale. I don't remember what I paid for it several years ago, but the '06 is going for $26 now, according to an online search.
This dark ruby wine has a gorgeous nose as deep and rich as its color. The floral element is huge and the dark berries are ripe and succulent with a spicy/herbal note kicking in. On the palate, blueberries are joined by spices and herbs with a late touch of strawberries. The lively flavors belie a dark and brooding tarry sensation that flows through the finish and grows stronger the course of two nights' sipping.
Mosby recommends pairing his Sangiovese with "roasted poultry, beef and, of course, pasta."
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