Apolloni Vineyards 2012 Conti Di Val Seriana Soleggio

A Tuscan sun in Oregon

Apolloni Vineyards, Forest Grove, Oregon

You can take the boy out of Italy, but you can’t take Italy out of the boy. A first-generation American, Alfredo Apolloni spent his childhood summers on the vineyard in Italy that had been in his family for over 150 years.

With wine in his blood, Alfredo knew he wanted to raise his children on a vineyard. So, after traveling the world and building a successful engineering career, he and Laurine bought land in Forest Grove in 1999 and planted grapes.

Why Forest Grove? Because the climate reminded him of his family’s vineyard south of Venice, on the Adriatic Coast — and he wanted his kids to have similar experiences.

With a strong commitment to sustainability, the Apolloni estate is LIVE Certified, including a geothermal barrel cave built deep into a hillside.

Alfredo works with winemaker Kevin Green to produce wines in an Italian style, albeit with Northwest influences. On the estate, they grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay – and source bolder red wines from warmer, drier vineyards in the Columbia Valley that produce big Italian-style reds with character and heft.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Apolloni Vineyards, Forest Grove, Oregon
2012 Conti Di Val Seriana Soleggio

At Apolloni, the “black label” is used for wines that vary year to year, and serve as side projects for Alfredo to go all-in on producing traditional Italian style wines.

With a name that means “sunshine” in Italian, the Soleggio is a Super Tuscan -style blend. Super Tuscans blend traditional Italian varietals with popular varietals from other regions in the world, particularly France. In this blend, Sangiovese provides the bright fruit, Cabernet and Nebbiolo the structure, while Merlot adds balance and spice.

This is a hearty red wine perfect for rustic pasta dishes or roasted meats. It has strong black cherry and currant flavors and nicely structured tannins. The finish lingers with hints of black pepper and coffee.

A Cellar 503 selection in June 2016, Old World Wines, New World Style Columbia Valley | Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese

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