2015 Cavatappi Sangiovese

March 8, 2017

Our Wine Wednesday pick is a tasty Sangiovese from Washington State, the 2015 Cavatappi Sangiovese. We enjoyed a glass last night with dinner. This is also one of the wines we will be serving at the Colu Henry book signing at the end of the month. More on that tomorrow. After a quick Google search for a little information on this yummy wine, one of my blog entries from a few years back popped up as one of the top searches, which totally made me smile and laugh at the same time, as I have little to no memory of writing a post on it. I guess that is what happens after many years of posting daily, and certainly has nothing to do with the years advancing. Insert very large smile. Bottom line, it deserves a second cheers, as it is mighty fine wine. Here it is:

Cavatappi is a Washington State winery that we have long been a fan of, and is my pick for this Wine Wednesday post. We were first introduced to it at a ‘meet the vintner’ wine dinner hosted by our friends Steve & Catherine at Cafe Juanita more than 10 years ago. The wine glass stain makes for a very clever and memorable label. I spot it whenever I am out shopping for wine. Their Sangiovese is fresh, light-bodied, and lovely solo or with food. It falls in that under $15 range that makes it nice to serve for parties or large gatherings. Lovely to have with a roast chicken or to serve the next time you order pizza in.

After a little more web searching: Cavatappi wines are inspired by the delicious house wines served in Italy’s restaurants. Thirty years ago, winemaker Peter Dow partnered with Washington state’s revered growers Mike Sauer, and later with Dick Boushey, to plant Italian varieties. Today these wines, made from Washington-grown Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, continue to be enjoyed alongside great food and great company.

TASTING NOTES: Herbal and fruity aromatics with a touch of spice. Light in body but heavy on red fruit freshness, with notes of bright cherry, mineral, spice, and herb.  

WINEMAKING NOTES: Varietal Blend 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon  Appellation Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley