Passaggio Wines

2018 Montepulciano Trilogy Vineyards, Contra Costa County, CA

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APPEARANCE pale+ garnet
AROMAS & FLAVORS red plum, strawberry preserve, white pepper, minerality, dried herbs, tobacco leaf, garden soil
PALATE sour cherry, cranberry, bakers chocolate, molasses, balanced acidity, light+ body, chewy tannins, lingering finish

100% Montepulciano


Contra Costa AVA

The quality soils of Contra Costa County are the defining feature of its terroir. Gnarled old vines were planted 100 years ago on deep, sandy soils that have restricted yields, particularly as the vines have aged. Deep and free-draining, the sand offers little resistance to wandering root systems, and the lack of water in the ground means that the vines produce small, concentrated berries with thick skins. This in turn leads to wines with firm tannins and excellent structure.

Contra Costa County has a hot climate, although this is moderated by the bays that border the area’s northern side. Cool afternoon breezes from San Francisco and Suisun bays mean that the temperature drops at night, leading to a significant diurnal temperature shift. This cooling-off period means that the growing season is extended and grapes have more time to develop rich, complex flavors that do not come at the expense of acidity. Source.

PRODUCTION 100 cases
AGING POTENTIAL Drink now or hold 6-7 years
VINEYARD Trilogy Vineyards, Contra Costa AVA

Fermented in one ton fermenters

Aged 18 months in neutral barrels


Winemaker Cindy Cosco will join us LIVE for a SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education to talk about the famous Italian wine region, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.


Cindy Cosco

About the Winemaker:

Following a 15-year career in Law Enforcement in Northern Virginia, Cindy Cosco moved to California to pursue her deep-rooted passion for winemaking in 2004. For the following three years, Cindy studied enology at Napa Valley College while she gained industry experience working wine retail, which led her to a full time position as Wine Chemist at Chateau St Jean. She decided it was time to make her own wine in 2007, where she partnered with custom crush facility, Crushpad. It was here she first launched Passaggio Wines with a mere 50 cases of Unoaked Chardonnay. Hired on as Winemaker at Crushpad in 2010, Cindy ran their white wine program through 2012, then parted ways to focus solely on building Passaggio Wines. You can now experience her very boutique collection – she makes only 1,700 cases each year – in beautiful downtown Sonoma.
About the Winery
Passaggio Wines
Cynthia Cosco founded Passaggio Wines in 2007. Her connection to the grape goes back generations to Old World Italian winemakers. As a child, she watched her grandfather make wine in the basement and wine was a part of every meal growing up in her Italian family.
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