Superiore is Montemaggiore's own special blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each year the exact blend varies slightly—the 2003 Superiore is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Syrah—but the synergy between these two varietals always produces a wonderful, age-worthy wine.
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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
“Strange” best describes the 2003 growing season. February saw bud break come two weeks early but then growth slowed in March and April with the deluge of rain. The summer seemed to track normally, but then July brought rain, not once but three times—very unusual for our typically rain-free summer. The season culminated with an intense heat spell in late September. Strangely, this unusual season resulted in phenomenal fruit complexity!
With the Nobile blend, Cabernet's strengths (structure, ageability, and depth) are combined with syrah's strengths (breadth of flavors, soft tannins)—thereby yielding a wine that's appealing fruit aromas, easy to drink young or aged, and a lot of complexity to keep you sipping! More on Nobile Winemaking ▶