Paul Zitarelli of Full Pull Wines Talks 2005 Helix Sangiovese
Excerpts from Paul’s Post…
What we have here is five-year-old, single-vineyard Sangiovese…entirely from Stillwater Creek Vineyard, an outstanding site on the Royal Slope…
…the wine did (and does) have a long life ahead…a dark, masculine, rustic Sangiovese, with grippy tannins that are still quite prominent all these years later and acids that seem to have calmed considerably.
The fruit profile has become darker and less tart, and that fruit is laced with earthy streaks of tar and chard…
…rare opportunity to examine the aging curve for Washington Sangiovese at a price point that is awfully accessible. See Paul’s entire post here
And Chuck’s note to Paul…
Hello Paul –
Thank you very much for your recognition and support of our ’05 Helix by Reininger Sangiovese. Your comments in your review are spot on in my humble opinion. Our winery has been stoked about this wine’s fruit, structure and perceived endurance since putting it to barrel.
The wine has been a bit of a rebel though. It was bright and handsom, before and immediately after bottling, with expectations of medium bottle time prior to release. Then it diverged on a rugged adventure of self discovery delaying its planned, relatively early, release for a couple of years. It then emerged from this rough sojourn displaying a character of self confidence, weathered beauty, and arduously earned wisdom with tools for survival (sorry, I often think in terms of visual images and character.)
The 2005 Helix Sagiovese wasn’t a forgotten wine but it just needed time to find its own way. I look forward to enjoying the nascent tobacco and leather, along with the softening tannins, after an additional four to five years of maturation.