So here’s a little winemaker’s trick for you; in the Cote Rotie region of France’s Rhone Valley, and increasingly in the new-world, winemakers have cofermented the red grape, Syrah, with a small amount of the white grape, Viognier. This technique has the effect of adding a floral lift to the aromatics with the supplemental effect of counterintuitively concentrating the color (we won’t bore you with the chemistry of how that works). Here at Zerba, we put a twist on this technique by cofermenting Syrah and Viognier with the Italian grape, Sangiovese. This unique and harmonious blend of styles produces a varietal Sangiovese unlike any other. Feminine aromas of rose petals and dried purple flowers meld seamlessly with typical varietal aromas of leather, tobacco, and spice. Savory, complex, and cleanly acidic, this wine represents both what Sangiovese is, and what it can be.