Interesting people do interesting things, and they don’t stop doing things, even though those things change. This tongue-tying statement perfectly describes Michaela Rodeno, renowned as the founding CEO of St. Supery, and Vice President-Marketing of Domaine Chandon prior to that.

Today, some of her seemingly inexhaustible energy is focused on the family winery, Villa Ragazzi. Sangiovese was the early focus, and wines include a varietal Sangiovese wine as well as this Super-Tuscan. The latter is a term used to describe renegade wines coming out of Tuscany that blended in, or solely used, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a no-no at the time for fine wines. These Super-Tuscans exploded in popularity and a new category of wine was born. The Faraona is a juicy sip of rich red cherry and zesty cranberry fruits with sultry, smoky undertones.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured.

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