A Robust Red Blend Signorello Vineyards
2005 Padrone California
Ray Signorello began his career in the wine business in the mid 1980's, when he returned to his childhood home in the San Francisco Bay Area and purchased a Napa Valley estate. His intention was to grow grapes for established wineries, but, when the 1985 vintage proved too bountiful for demand, he experimented with his own wines from the excess grapes. By 1986, he was committed enough to build his own winery and Signorello has continued to grow in size and reputation ever since. The winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, a white blend called Seta and a red blend called Padrone. The 2005 Padrone is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Dedicated to Ray Signorello's father, Padrone is an extremely special wine to Ray, Jr., and is therefore made from some of the winery's finest grapes. The result is a big-bodied wine with a tight structure perfect for aging. On the nose it offers ripe blackberry and black currant. In the mouth there are more sweet berries mingled with an earthy, masculine note and a hint of smoke on the finish. Such a robust wine deserves a rich meal like seared venison with blackberry sauce, blue cheese-stuffed filet or a duck cassoulet.