In Sonoma Valley, there are more wines than one could possibly ever taste in a lifetime- and A Savvy Lifestyle is here to tell you that Sam Sebastiani's latest, La Chertosa, are old world style wines that you don't want to miss in this new wine world.
Initially, wine country can be overwhelming to the novice wine drinker, but if you ask the right people (locals, mostly) we guarantee your experience will be nothing but the best. The Sebastiani family has been making wine in Sonoma for generations, starting with Sam's grandfather Samuele. The name La Chertosa is an homage to where Samuele learned to make wine in the old world style, in Farneta, Italy. La Chertosa quite literally translates to the monestary, in honor of the 14th century Renaissance monastery in Farneta. A family and wine built around tradition, La Chertosa has continued the Sebastiani legacy, with Sam following in the footsteps of his grandfather, making wine for over forty-six years.
Sam's fierce pride of both his Italian and Californian heritage is displayed in the complex harmonies he creates within his wines at La Chertosa. While he produces wines in the old world Italian style of his grandfather, Samuele, Sam believes that northern California has some of the best wine grapes the world has to offer. The grapes used in the making of his wines are sourced from the finest vineyards, and he works closely with growers to produce the highest quality grapes possible. La Chertosa offers four varietals to wine connoisseurs- Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Barbera, and Sangiovese- all of which are traditional Italian wines. Though each of these wines has been highly praised and recommended by esteemed figures in the industry, their most recent win came at the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. The 2010 Reserve Sangiovese won a double gold medal, the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay won a gold medal, and the 2015 Reserve Sangiovese won a silver medal. Across the four varietals, only about 1,400 cases are produced annually.
The quality of La Chertosa Old World Wines are a testament to Sam Sebastiani's expertise in winemaking. Sam is widely recognized for his extensive knowledge in the wine industry, and has spent the past few years passing this knowledge down to his grandson, Dustin Mertens. As Sam learned from Samuele, Dustin is now learning from Sam, and his passion for their product is palpable in any conversation with him. You can frequently find him pouring tastes of their wines at many of the locations La Chertosa is carried in across Sonoma County. In the video below, he briefly explains his family history, their passion for wine, and how La Chertosa came to be.
As La Chertosa's success continues, it is available in a growing number of stores and restaurants in the Sonoma County area. Click here for a list of locations that carry La Chertosa. The wines are also available via their website, or wine club.
La Chertosa Old World Wines are included in our 12 Days of Gifting Guide this holiday season. Thankfully, their wines were not affected by the fires, and they were able to donate a large portion of wine to local restaurants with the intention that it be given to first responders that dine in. The act of sharing a meal and a glass of wine should be cherished, and we think La Chertosa makes a great gift this holiday season! Head to our instagram page for a chance to win two bottles of vino! Cheers!