In 1917, Santo Cambianica left his home in the Northern Italian province of Lombardy to settle in the midst of a bustling Italian-American community in Los Angeles and founded the San Antonio Winery.
While prohibition destroyed much of the industry, the San Antonio Winery survived by becoming the winery to produce communion wine for the Catholic church.Now, this historic winery is oddly situated in the middle of an industrial area of Los Angeles. My daughter and I were able to visit it a couple years ago and enjoyed a lunch in the attached restaurant.
The good folks at San Antonio winery sent me this complementary bottle of their special, and very limited edition, "Heritage" wine which is a Rhone-inspired blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, and Grenache from their estate vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey. (NW) was up for the weekend so you can read his review when he gets it posted.
The wine has a purple to cranberry color with tart aromas of fruit and robust cherry/raspberry notes with a touch of white pepper.
In the mouth this wine starts with dried cherries and a subtle under layer of spice with a gentle, even finessed, structure. This is a well made wine with a finish of some complexity showing some mocha, and vanilla. Thank you San Antonio Winery for the treat!
The reference price on this wine is $25 and a fair price for the wine. Nicely done! Raise a glass to the history of wine and the place it plays in the affairs of the world.