Locatelli Vineyards and Winery has partnered with Old Mission San Miguel to bring you two wines that will contribute to the prosperity of Old Mission San Miguel. For each bottle sold, Locatelli Winery will contribute a portion of the proceeds to the Mission. The first, Saint Francis of Assisi 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon was released at the Wine Experiencia, a wine event held at Old Mission San Miguel on September 25, 2010. The second, Saint Clare of Assisi 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was released at the 2nd Wine Experiencia held on May 5, 2012 .
Born Francesco Bernardone, St. Francis of Assisi was a man of the middle ages and became a saint for all ages. As a herald of the Gospel, he proclaimed love for all creation through poverty, humility and compassion. His extraodinary blend of spirit and humanity has given the world a rich taste of joy and fullness or life. As the first friars came to California establishing the early Mission system, they carried the Franciscan message of love and peace. Today, let this same proclamation be made again. Through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel, our patron, may all be given this message of hope under his special protection, guidance and peace. May we become the wine that fills our "cup of blessing" following in the footprints of Francis of Assisi.
This bounteous wine hearkens to the senses to enjoy the Creator's wisdom. Be comforted by aromas of Mission fig, Asian sandalwood and the dust of a friar's trek through raspberry patches. Let stewed Heirloom tomatoes and coriander guide you to the market, where exotic velvets surround you amid the cries of vendors purveying truffles from shadowy forests. Clutch an ancient, leather-bound journal as you seek a cool rock upon which to perch and chronicle this glorius find.
Full bodied with a complex bouquet, this collector's vintage is poised to please the wine-lover's palette. Made from 100% estate-grown grapes from Locatelli Vineyards terrace, overlooking the Old Mission San Miguel. 600 cases produced.
Born Chiara di Favarone in 1194, St. Clare grew up in a noble home in Assisi, Italy. Clare means "bright, clear, light". At eleven years, Clare saw this young man, Francis, preaching in the Piazza. Her heart was transformed by what she heard. Francis' words, simple and unadorned, bathed her in pure light. She was inflamed in the light of Christ and set out to 'mirror' this to others through a life of proverty and prayer. Thus it was proclaimed at her canonization in 1255: "The life of Blessed Clare shines with wonderful clarity...Her life here on earth shone, after her death it illumined; on earth she radiated, and in heaven she glows. Her brilliant light, hidden in the secret cloister, radiated to the outside; from her enclosure she illumined the wide world." (Pope Alexander IV)
Your first look at this delicately hued Sauvignon Blanc might hail back to the divine idea of joyous purity. It's brightness brings a curiosity which comes with the reward of joy. Wafts of pears and sea salt swaddle your nose and lure you to a grassy meadow where you'll find woven bushel baskets filled with fleshy lemons, kiwi and quince. Let St. Clare's nectar stroll right across your senses, leaving you more thoughtful and thankful.
This is the first release of this St. Clare and produced a very limited production of only 60 cases.
For more information or to purchase these special wines, please visit www.locatelliwinery.com/product/Old-Mission-San-Miguel-Arcangel.