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Pioneering in the Petaluma Gap with Sangiacomo Vineyards, Black Kite & Saxon Brown
The Sangiacomo family has always felt a deep connection to the land — most especially through farming. It all began in Genoa, Italy where a good day’s work for patriarch Vittorio Sangiacomo started and ended in the field. For decades the family has been dedicated to farming in Sonoma County, since 1927. Grapegrowers with a passion for sustainability and stewardship, the third generation of the Sangiacomo family continues to pursue perfection in farming every row of their vineyards.
In 1999, they pioneered into the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap region and planted the Roberts Road Vineyard; an iconic 130-acre site that has now become one of the most prestigious vineyards farmed by the family and one of the most highly desired sites in the Petaluma Gap AVA with rows allocated to over 40 different producers. The fog from the ocean near Bodega Bay pours into this region first and exits last. Well-drained cobblestone soils and cool, foggy mornings make for a long growing season for these extremely small berries and low-yielding vines. The grapes ripen slowly and develop deep, rich flavors making for rare wines with natural acidity and suppleness.
In this five-course dinner, discover the diverse expressions of pinot noir from three different producers each sourcing pinot noir from Roberts Road Vineyard. Join grapegrower Steve Sangiacomo and Sangiacomo Family Wines winemaker James MacPhail with special guest Jeff Gaffner, owner/winemaker of Saxon Brown Wines and winemaker for Black Kite, in an immersive discussion of terroir and the unique impact of long-standing grower-winemaker relationships in producing site-driven wines that exemplify the trademark style of this vineyard – rich and dedicate with supple texture.
Moderator/Emcee: Dodds Delzell, Sangiacomo Brand Ambassador
Menu with Wines:
Artisan Rolls & Butter
Honey Whipped Ricotta
Local Citrus, Arugula, Candy Nuts, Arugula, Lemon Vinaigrette
Sangiacomo 2017 Roberts Road Vineyard Chardonnay
Saxon Brown 2021 Roberts Road Vineyard Chardonnay
Wild Mushroom Bisque
Truffled Crème Fraiche, Candied Pepitas, Focaccia Crouton
Saxon Brown Library Selections:
2016 Roberts Road Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Roberts Road Vineyard Chardonnay
Pan Roasted Duck Breast
Parsnip Puree, Honey Roasted Carrots, Granola, Port Jus
Sangiacomo 2019 Block 11 'Swan Clone' Pinot Noir
Sangiacomo 2019 Roberts Road Pinot Noir
Point Reyes Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon
Sweet Potato Puree, Braised Chard, Baby Turnip, Sauce Au Poivre, Crispy Shallot Rings
Black Kite 2021 Roberts Road Vineyard Pinot Noir
Black Kite 2021 Angel Hawk Pinot Noir
Boutique French Cheese and Seasonal Fruit
Sangiacomo 2021 Five Clone Pinot Noir
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Tea
Location: The Rotunda