Winemakers: Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari (Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy)

SAGGI winemakers Ambrogio & Giovanni FolonariThe Folonari family’s winemaking history extends as far back as the 18th century in Tuscany. More recently, Ambrogio was president of Ruffino, originally purchased by his grandfather. He left in 2000 with son Giovanni to establish the current company, built around a core of prime properties including the well-known estates of Tenuta di Nozzole and Tenute del Cabreo.

For Long Shadows the Folonari craft a Super Tuscan-style blend called Saggi (meaning wisdom), composed in 2008 of 45% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Syrah coming primarily from the Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and Yakima Valley AVAs. The hand-picked grapes are fermented in two- and four-ton tanks for an extended period of up to 30 days, and then typically aged in small French oak for 18 months.



From  Casting a Long Shadow in the March/April 2011 issue of Northwest Palate magazine


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