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Monte Rio Cellars

Monte Rio Sangiovese ‘Rivers Edge’ Lodi 2022 (750 ml)

Monte Rio Sangiovese ‘Rivers Edge’ Lodi 2022 (750 ml)

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Winemaker: Patrick Cappiello
Appellation: Lodi
Varietals: 20 year old Sangiovese
Vineyard: River’s Edge
Winemaking: 100% whole cluster Semi-Carbonic Maceration for 10 days in stainless steel. Pressed into a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks for 9 days. When fermentation was finished the wines were transferred to 8 year old French oak barrels. Natural yeast fermentation.
Farming: Biodynamic
Aging: 10 months old wood barrels
ABV: 12.5%
Production: 600 cases of 750ml and 160 case of 1.5L Fiascos

River's Edge Vineyard (named for its proximity to the Mokelumne River) is a biodynamically farmed site in the Clements Hills aub-AVA. The Sangiovese vines at River's Edge were planted in the early 2000's in deep, sandy soils. The wine was fermented semi-carbonically in stainless steel for 10-days before pressing to a mix of concrete and stainless steel to complete fermentation. Matured in neutral oak barrels for 10-months before bottling, unfined and unfiltered.

Mr. Cappiello got his start in restaurants, his wine career began in 2002 as a Sommelier at Tribeca Grill. As time progressed his roles changed to Wine Director and restaurant owner over the next 15 years. Through connections with countless winemakers and after meeting his current business partner Pax Mahle, the transition to Winemaker was a natural progression for Cappiello. He still serves as Wine Director of Walnut Street Café in Philadelphia. He is Food & Wine host for Playboy and founding member of Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief.

His 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and Sommelier career has given him access to four of the worlds greatest wine cellars. All have been recipients of Wine Spectators "Grand Award"; TriBeCa Grill, Veritas, GILT, and Pearl & Ash. Mr. Cappiello was named "Sommelier of the Year 2014" by Food & Wine Magazine, "Wine Person of the Year 2014" by Imbibe Magazine, and "Sommelier of the Year 2015" by Eater National.

His winemaking career started in 2018, under the watchful eye of Pax Mahle. Monte Rio focuses on heritage and classic California varieties. Wines are made naturally with no additives and farmed with organic practices.

Mr. Cappiello and Mr. Mahle collaborate on two wineries; Skull Wines and the Piquette Project.

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