- Item #: i_302643Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 9685% Sangiovese (Sangioveto) & 15% Malvasia Nera
WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2013 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto (a more antique name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from a single vineyard. This wine opens to a darkly saturated appearance and shows ruby, garnet and purple highlights. The bouquet is powerful but seamless at the same time with smooth transitions between dark cherry, spice, tobacco and moist clay. In the mouth, this wine shows dense extraction, but it never feels too weighed down by that mass. Instead, the freshness of the fruit and the natural acidity give the wine a bright and buoyant personality. Aged in barrique for 30 months, this is a delightful Tuscan red."
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95+ POINTS - "The flagship 2013 I Sodi di San Niccolò is classy and polished to the core. In many vintages, the I Sodi di San Niccolò can be more overt and extroverted, but in 2003 it is a wine of cool sophistication and polish. A rush of dark red and purplish-hued stone fruits, wild flowers, mint and licorice rounds out things out. The 2013 is a stylish, captivating Sodi. All it needs is time in bottle. For my money, Sodi remains one of the world's most pedigreed under-the-radar wines."
- Item #: i_303071Bottle Size: 750MLVinous Media: 93 PointsDecanter: 93 PointsDECANTER 93 POINTS - "In 2017, Giovanni Poggiali describes the work in the vineyard as focused on the vines' root system to reduce water stress. Harvest started 15 days earlier than average and at the beginning of September he did a qualitative thinning to get rid of any shrivelled bunches or those showing problems with ripening. Fèlsina's flagship wine, Rancia is still brooding. Plum and tar show up on a backdrop of vanilla and exotic spice. Though fruit is supple, layers of assertive tannins need time to loosen their grip. Appetizingly savory, this finishes with an intense, irony character. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032."
- Item #: i_301106Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93James Suckling: 94100% Sangiovese (36 Biotypes, though!)
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "This is very fine and pretty with berry, cherries and flowers on the nose and palate. Full body with very integrated tannins and a fresh clean finish. A beauty now. This is classy. A blend of a selection of three dozen of the best Sangiovese clones grown in Chianti Classico by the historic winemaking family of Mazzei. Drink or hold."
WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2010 Mix36 is a blend of 36 biotypes of Sangiovese. With its technical winemaking notes printed on the front label (harvest yields and maceration times), this wine should have special appeal with wine geeks everywhere. This expression is elegant and clean with sharp focus and bright notes of wild berry and lingering smoke. Polished tannins are backed by bright acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "One of the newer wines in the range, the Mix 36 is once again terrific in 2010. Layers of fruit emerge effortlessly from this gracious, pliant wine. Tar, smoke, spices and licorice flesh out on the radiant finish. The style is a bit supple for the year, but gorgeous all the same. It will be interesting to follow the 2010 over the coming years. Mix 36 made from 36 different Sangiovese clones planted on the property, and is aged in 500-liter barrels.
- Item #: i_301557Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 94James Suckling: 9490% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo & Colorino
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "This is packed with black currant, black cherry, floral and juniper aromas and flavors. The tannins are assertive, matched to bracing acidity and a touch of heat. A bit boisterous today, but this should settle down nicely over time."
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A fresh and bright red with sliced-orange and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Tight and compact. Long and flavorful finish. Will age beautifully. "
- Item #: i_301452Bottle Size: 3LVinous Media: 97ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 97 POINTS - "The flagship 2014 Le Pergole Torte possesses striking depth, nuance and pliancy, all in the midweight, slightly slender style of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, cinnamon, dried flowers, mint, cinnamon and pomegranate infuse this super-expressive, sexy Pergole Torte."
Montevertine is situated in the heart of the Chianti district about halfway between Florence and Siena, specifically 3 kilometers or so south of Radda in Chianti. Documents attest to the fact that the hilltop hamlet of Montevertine was first inhabited in the 11th century as a rural defensive fortress. There are traces of the original construction on the site today. Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine in 1967 as a vacation home for his family. Once there, Signor Manetti planted two hectares of vineyards and built a small cantina with the idea of producing some wine for family and friends. The first vintage produced and bottled under the supervision of Signor Manetti was 1971 and was received with great praise for its quality. Shortly thereafter, Signor Manetti abandoned his principal activity to devote himself to producing wine at his magnificent estate. Having recognized the importance of the Sangiovese grape, Signor Manetti crafted his wines with an almost exclusive reliance on that grape variety. By 1981, due to Signor Manetti’s refusal to incorporate Trebbiano into the Montevertine blend, Montevertine left the Chianti Classico consortium, thereby forgoing the Chianti Classico denomination. In time the consortium recognized the wisdom of Manetti’s stance but Montevertine remains outside the consortium, simply labeling its wines “Rosso di Toscana”. Because of these circumstances, Montevertine is frequently, but erroneously, included in the category of “super-Tuscan” wine. In fact, Montevertine’s policy of strict reliance on Sangiovese with a small complement of Colorino and Canaiolo is in direct contradiction to the approach of the “super-Tuscan” group of wines which purposely include non-local grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot in their blends. Despite the formal lack of the appellation, Montevertine is one of the rare examples of a true Chianti Classico.
- Item #: i_303984Bottle Size: 750ml70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc
GAMBERO ROSSO ITALIAN WINES 2019 RED OF THE YEAR!
"The Carmignano Riserva [from Piaggia] is simply the best of the appellation." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"If there is one estate that embodies the potential of Carmignano, Piaggia just might be it." - Antonio Galloni; Vinous
Every Fall we look forward to seeing what Italy's most prestigious wine publication, Gambero Rosso, considers to be the top Italian wines available in the coming year. For 2020, one of those wines is the Piaggia 2016 Carmignano Riserva because they honored it with the coveted top red wine award! However, with the limited availability and mere $39.98 price tag, it might not make it far into the year.
It needs to be mentioned that Carmignano is no newcomer; it's one of Tuscany's most historic wine appellations (but also one of its smallest). Tuscan legend has it that when Catherine de' Medici of Florence was to be married to King Henry II of France in 1533, they exchanged gifts-the Medici family gave the French forks (which were already widely used in Italy, but unknown in France); and the French gave the Medicis Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which were subsequently planted in their vineyards at Carmignano! Even at that time, though, the wines of Carmignano were already quite famous-documents going back all the way to the 14th century portray them as the most highly-prized and expensive wines in Florence. And it's no wonder. Protected from the cold of the north by the Apennines, and from the vagaries of coastal weather by the Montalbano hills, it's a perfect growing area for the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc that contribute to the blends here.
The Carmignano Riserva is the flagship wine of the Piaggia winery, which is a fairly small family-run operation founded by Mauro Vannucci and now run by his daughter Silvia. The grapes are sourced exclusively from the family's 50-year-old vines in the 2.5 hectare Piaggia cru, with the final blend being 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (the Cabernet varieties come from cuttings at Chateau Lafite Rothschild). In line with the French influence, aging occurs in small French oak barrels for 18 months, with the great majority being previously used so as not to dominate the fruit. The wine is neither fined nor filtered, which keeps its complex character intact. The result is a full-bodied wine with velvety, ripe tannin and a beguiling perfume combining ripe fruits like blackcurrant, dried cherry, and raspberries, with notes of orange peel, sweet spices, tobacco, and cocoa
At $39.98, this is another great value, but we were only able to get in 5 cases of this true Italian gem, so get it while you can!
- Item #: i_303563Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 97ORGANICALLY FARMED
San Giusto a Rentennano's flagship wine is 100% Sangiovese picked from the best lots and aged for 22 months in small French oak barrels along with larger formats. The result is one of the finest full-body, structured reds in the world, with exceptional depth and ripe texture from a celebrated warm and dry vintage. This was our wine buyer's #1 pick for the top Italian wines of 2019. While this wine will take 10 years (and more) of ageing in stride, you can decant for several hours and enjoy with the richest of meals.
ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS 98 POINTS - "The 2015 Percarlo, the estate's 100% Sangiovese, towers in the glass with huge, dark fruit to match its powerful, vertical structure. Ample and expansive on the palate, with huge textural depth, the 2015 is a total stunner. The darker, more muscular side of Sangiovese emerges in this gorgeous, absolutely stunning wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice and smoke overtones fill out the wine's big frame effortlessly. Proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala aged the 2015 in a combination of cask and tonneau. The 2015 Percarlo is a riveting wine readers will not want to miss."
WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "The 2015 Percarlo is a sassy and bright wine with great purity and definition. b>This is the full package for all you Sangiovese lovers out there. The wine is round and slightly soft in the middle, owing a lot to that 2015 sunshine. A deeply etched and sophisticated expression, the Percarlo takes a little while to open in the glass: This review is based on my impressions from two tasting, one right after the bottle was opened and a second about 12 hours later. Ultimately, the wine presented a 360-degree perspective onto Sangiovese, with the freshness, the softness and the succulence that you are looking for in the grape and plenty of those variety-pure aromas of purple berry, wild rose and tilled earth. The way the wine impacts the palate is of particular interest because you get fullness and extraction that is all magically rendered light and buoyant thanks to that crisp acidity."
- Item #: i_301054Bottle Size: 750mlORGANICALLY FARMED
95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo
ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 92 POINTS - "The 2017 Chianti Classico is rich, ample and beautifully textured, with all of the natural richness of the year on display. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice and licorice infuse a decidedly dark, brooding Chianti Classico. A dollop of whole clusters adds freshness and perfume, but readers should expect a big, potent Chianti Classico with serious fruit intensity as well as structure. I would prefer to cellar the 2017 to allow some of the baby fat to melt away."