Gargiulo Vineyards

Aprile Super Oakville Blend Sangiovese Blend

9.120 ratings
9.41 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc
Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Beef, Venison, White Rice, Potato, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Chicken, Salami & Prosciutto, Soft Cheese, Duck, Tomato-Based, Pork, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lamb, Turkey, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Blue Cheese
Top Notes For
Mark Flesher

First of the trio taken down tonight. Was not decanted, although it probably should have been (for hours). Despite the 96 percent Sangiovese, 4 percent Cab blend, the wine has a really nice 'dusty rose' color to it. The nose is very complex - eucalyptus to raspberry, peppery, herbal, even a bit grassy kind of all in one. The wine on the entry has quite a bit of acidic raspberry. A hint of herb that develops in the middle. This is where the wine really gained the longer it was open. Another dimension developed here, almost like a cocoa note, black cherry, mint. This wine definitely developed weight as it finished. At first quite acidic on the finish. Two hours later it was still acidic, but much smoother. This one is gonna be great in 3-4 years. I think I'll drink my 2010's and 2011's now! I see this one being a solid 95 in a few years

First of the trio taken down tonight. Was not decanted, although it probably should have been (for hours). Despite the 96 percent Sangiovese, 4 percent Cab blend, the wine has a really nice 'dusty rose' color to it. The nose is very complex - eucalyptus to raspberry, peppery, herbal, even a bit grassy kind of all in one. The wine on the entry has quite a bit of acidic raspberry. A hint of herb that develops in the middle. This is where the wine really gained the longer it was open. Another dimension developed here, almost like a cocoa note, black cherry, mint. This wine definitely developed weight as it finished. At first quite acidic on the finish. Two hours later it was still acidic, but much smoother. This one is gonna be great in 3-4 years. I think I'll drink my 2010's and 2011's now! I see this one being a solid 95 in a few years

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2017
Ron R
9.4

American Sangiovese!
As I recall, Shafer tried something similar with Firebreak. I loved that (past tense as it is no longer produced), but this is better.
The nose is earthy, yet dominated with cloves and cinnamon.
On the palete, its tightly knit. The wine is precise and polished. Tannins are ripe and muscular. Lovely berries and black olives define the flavor profile. Finishes with sweet tobacco.
Because of its youth, this needs air. It's a beautiful example that should be left to stretch it legs for at least 2 - 3 more years. My rating does not suggest where the wine could go three years from now. Be patient. I expect great things going forward.
@Martin G Rivard thank you so much.

American Sangiovese!
As I recall, Shafer tried something similar with Firebreak. I loved that (past tense as it is no longer produced), but this is better.
The nose is earthy, yet dominated with cloves and cinnamon.
On the palete, its tightly knit. The wine is precise and polished. Tannins are ripe and muscular. Lovely berries and black olives define the flavor profile. Finishes with sweet tobacco.
Because of its youth, this needs air. It's a beautiful example that should be left to stretch it legs for at least 2 - 3 more years. My rating does not suggest where the wine could go three years from now. Be patient. I expect great things going forward.
@Martin G Rivard thank you so much.

Jan 29th, 2017
Mark Flesher

Has been 2.5 years since I've visited this one. Still a lot of youthful qualities to it. Still almost a bracing acidity up front but the fruit profile shines through. Tart cherry blossoms, raspberry cola, dirty red flower. Middle of this one kind of gains a tangerine rind and a tart cherry finish. Went exceptionally well with pork chops but not so much the salad with the cider vinegar dressing. Solid 92 though. I don't think this one is at the top of the hill yet but it's not far away. I'd wait another year IMO.

Has been 2.5 years since I've visited this one. Still a lot of youthful qualities to it. Still almost a bracing acidity up front but the fruit profile shines through. Tart cherry blossoms, raspberry cola, dirty red flower. Middle of this one kind of gains a tangerine rind and a tart cherry finish. Went exceptionally well with pork chops but not so much the salad with the cider vinegar dressing. Solid 92 though. I don't think this one is at the top of the hill yet but it's not far away. I'd wait another year IMO.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Megan Black

Black cherry, tobacco, and a hint of dark chocolate! Unexpectedly fabulous, will drink again. Cheers from a Friday night with mama black!

Black cherry, tobacco, and a hint of dark chocolate! Unexpectedly fabulous, will drink again. Cheers from a Friday night with mama black!

Nov 5th, 2017
Jenny SnakeEyes

I am a huge fan of this smooth and velvety blend from one of my favorite wineries. The 2014 is as good as earlier vintages.

I am a huge fan of this smooth and velvety blend from one of my favorite wineries. The 2014 is as good as earlier vintages.

Jun 25th, 2017
Atul Vashistha

A Tuscan blend with a Napa heart and fruit. Enjoy it now and again. I did. 😁

A Tuscan blend with a Napa heart and fruit. Enjoy it now and again. I did. 😁

Feb 12th, 2017
Mike Mayer

Red fruit and cinnamon on the nose. Nice tastes of red plums, strawberries and oak on the palate. Smooth tannins and a nice finish.

Red fruit and cinnamon on the nose. Nice tastes of red plums, strawberries and oak on the palate. Smooth tannins and a nice finish.

Jan 18th, 2017
David James

Fun juice !

Fun juice !

Sep 22nd, 2016
Ezekiel Hampton

Ezekiel had this 3 years ago

Ezekiel had this 3 years ago

Dec 27th, 2017
Andrew Wolf

Andrew had this 4 months ago

Andrew had this 4 months ago

Jul 25th, 2020