Wine & Olive Oil
Below are frequently asked questions regarding wine and olive oil. You may also have questions about Montemaggiore in general, Orders & Shipping, Visits to Montemaggiore, Wine Club Membership, and our Estate Vineyards.
- Why does Montemaggiore specialize in Syrah?
- What is so special about Nobile, Montemaggiore's Cabernet-Syrah blend?
- What is so special about 3Divas, Montemaggiore's white blend?
- What is so special about the Montemaggiore Rosé?
- How age-worthy are Montemaggiore wines?
- How does Olive Oil fit into the picture?
- What's so special about Montemaggiore Olive Oil?
Simply said, Syrah is our favorite grape varietal—and above all, we want to produce wines that we enjoy drinking, producing, and sharing. Syrah makes a wonderful wine for many reasons: it is food-friendly, enjoyable both young and after aging, pleasurable to both the novice and sophisticated drinker, yet relatively undiscovered in America. Especially when grown on the mountainsides of Northern California, Syrah has great potential./p>
We can't say "we were the first!" because blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is not a new idea. In Bordeaux and Provence, the French have been blending these two varietals since the 19th century and more recently the Australians led the charge in the 20th century. In general, the intense fruit of the Syrah tends to "brighten" the sternness of the Cabernet, while the big tannins of the Cab seem to give the Syrah more structure. For Montemaggiore Nobile (in early vintages known as Superiore), we have put together a special blend in which the exceptional nature of mountain-grown Syrah and Cabernet fit together perfectly like an elegant hand in a silk glove.
Montemaggiore 3Divas is a white wine with an outgoing yet nuanced personality—it's rich flavors make it a great aperitif, yet it also pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Each of the three Divas (Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne) would make an impressive wine on their own, yet together their voices create an extraordinary harmony in this delightful white Rhône blend.
Montemaggiore Rosé has much more intensity and complexity than most rosés, which is why we call it a red wine lover's rosé. It's made in the manner of Provençal rosés, thus these grapes are grown and harvested specifically for rosé. Most rosé in California is not made this way, instead being made by the saignée method, which is really a by-product of making red wine. Our rosé on the other hand, will be lower in alcohol and exude the characteristic red fruit flavors of a true rosé.
We definitely encourage you to age Montemaggiore red wines in your cellar if you have the facilities and patience. You will be rewarded with a smooth, integrated wine that should still taste wonderful at least 10 years past vintage. Our mountainside grapes provide significant tannin to the red wine, providing the structure to make long-lasting wines. As we select grapes and vinify the wine, we're aiming for wines that are at their peak 5-15 years after vintage, thus are definitely age-worthy.
Nothing goes better with a glass of wine, than some fresh bread and fresh olive oil! We make oil from Tuscan varietals because we love their spicy flavors, but also to pay homage to a branch of Vincent's family who left Montemaggiore in southern Italy and moved to Siena in northern Italy a century ago.
We produce a spicy Tuscan blend of extra virgin olive oil from our estate-grown Frantoio, Leccino, and Pendolino olive trees. Just like our grapes, these olives are mountain-grown, thus produce an intense oil which will delight your taste buds.