Boitano Family Wines
The Boitanos operates their winery out of a building in the town of Lockeford. 4 generations are involved in running the business. Although their production facility is located in the Lodi AVA, they grow their grapes in the higher elevations of the Sierra Foothills just to the east.
In 1999, the family planted Sangiovese in their Mokelumne Hill Vineyard. They make an excellent blend in the Super Tuscan style (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in oak) with some of these grapes. They also produce the Santano Sangiovese with some of this prized fruit.
At only $8, the winery’s 2003 Viognier is an extremely affordable version of this usually expensive varietal. It has the classic aromatics of the Northern Rhone Valley’s prized white grape: aromatic and floral peaches, apricots, and pears.
The 2005 Santano Sangiovese is made in the Beaujolais style meaning it underwent carbonic maceration. This is a technique whereby whole berries each have their own internal fermentation. In the Southern Burgundy region of Beaujolais, the Gamay grape has traditionally been used for this process.