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Busi Chianti Rufina 2016

Fresh, fruity, with classic tart cherry.
Appearance: ruby-red in color.
Aroma: clean, floral notes.
Flavor: well structured and harmonic on the palate; easy drinking with a soft and lingering finish. Ageing potential: 10/15 years.

Adapts well to both light and more substantial dishes.

Production area: amidst the hills of Pelago in the Chianti Rufina D.O.C.G. area, with a soil composition of marly, calcareous clay as typically found in the Arno valley east of Florence. Aspect: south-facing. Altitude: 200/350 m above sea level. Cultivation method: spurred cordon. Harvest period: from the 20th of September until the middle of October. Vinification: the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (26/28°C) for 10 days before racking and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine is put into wooden barrels. Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 7 to 8 days, with an additional 3 to 4 days on the skins. The wine is then racked and goes through malolactic. It is then racked again and stays another 7 months in stainless steel.

Busi Chianti Rufina 2016 (half-bottle)

Busi Chianti Rufina 2012 (Half Bottle) is made from 100% Sangiovese.

Fresh, fruity, with classic tart cherry.

Appearance: ruby-red in color.
Aroma: clean, floral notes.
Flavor: well structured and harmonic on the palate; easy drinking with a soft and lingering finish. Ageing potential: 10/15 years.

Production area: amidst the hills of Pelago in the Chianti Rufina D.O.C.G. area, with a soil composition of marly, calcareous clay as typically found in the Arno valley east of Florence.

Aspect: south-facing.
Altitude: 200/350 m above sea level.

Cultivation method: spurred cordon.
Harvest period: from the 20th of September until the middle of October.
Vinification: the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (26/28°C) for 10 days before racking and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine is put into wooden barrels.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 7 to 8 days, with an additional 3 to 4 days on the skins. The wine is then racked and goes through malolactic. It is then racked again and stays another 7 months in stainless steel.

Adapts well to both light and more substantial dishes.

Busi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

Busi Chianti Rufina Riserva is made from 100% Sangiovese
Vineyards: Travignoli, a name which literally means “Tra Vignoli” (between the vineyards) is located in the middle of Frescobaldi’s Nipozzano vineyard in the heart of the Rufina zone. There is documented evidence that wine was first produced there in the 5th C BC by the Etruscans who called it “Nectar of the Gods”. The Church acquired the land and constructed the cellars in 1100.
Count Busi and his family acquired the estate in the 1800’s. Overall, 91
hectares belong to the estate. The 60 hectares of vineyards are excellently
position on the slopes with a southerly exposure at an elevation between 270 to 370 meters. Clay, marl and calcareous soil with a large percentage of rocks and stones for good drainage. Vines are an average of 10–25 years old.
Harvest: October– by hand.
Yield per hectare: 40 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 7 to 8 days with an additional 7 to 8 days on the skins. The wine is then racked and goes through malolactic. It is then racked again and stays another 3 months in stainless steel.
Aging: 25 to 30 hectoliter barrels of Slavonian oak for 18 months and 3 months in Allier barriques. There is a period of refinement of 4 to 5 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 13% by vol.
Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Bouquet: Intense, ethereal bouquet with hints of leather, tar and ripe cherry fruit.
Taste: The flavor is full of mature fruit with nuances of leather and liquorice. The taste is complex and round and rich with character. The finish is persistent and satisfying.
Foods: Grilled, braised or roasted meats, dishes flavored with mushrooms, or rosemary. Excellent with polenta dishes.
Total Production: 3,300 cases
Enologist: Mauro Orsoni

Busi Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014

Busi Chianti Rufina Riserva is made from 100% Sangiovese
Vineyards: Travignoli, a name which literally means “Tra Vignoli” (between the vineyards) is located in the middle of Frescobaldi’s Nipozzano vineyard in the heart of the Rufina zone. There is documented evidence that wine was first produced there in the 5th C BC by the Etruscans who called it “Nectar of the Gods”. The Church acquired the land and constructed the cellars in 1100.
Count Busi and his family acquired the estate in the 1800’s. Overall, 91
hectares belong to the estate. The 60 hectares of vineyards are excellently
position on the slopes with a southerly exposure at an elevation between 270 to 370 meters. Clay, marl and calcareous soil with a large percentage of rocks and stones for good drainage. Vines are an average of 10–25 years old.
Harvest: October– by hand.
Yield per hectare: 40 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures for 7 to 8 days with an additional 7 to 8 days on the skins. The wine is then racked and goes through malolactic. It is then racked again and stays another 3 months in stainless steel.
Aging: 25 to 30 hectoliter barrels of Slavonian oak for 18 months and 3 months in Allier barriques. There is a period of refinement of 4 to 5 months in the bottle.
Alcohol: 13% by vol.
Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Bouquet: Intense, ethereal bouquet with hints of leather, tar and ripe cherry fruit.
Taste: The flavor is full of mature fruit with nuances of leather and liquorice. The taste is complex and round and rich with character. The finish is persistent and satisfying.
Foods: Grilled, braised or roasted meats, dishes flavored with mushrooms, or rosemary. Excellent with polenta dishes.
Total Production: 3,300 cases
Enologist: Mauro Orsoni

Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Color: brilliant red with burgundy reflects; Bouquet: penetrating with memories of wild black fruits, black cherry and noble wood; Taste: warm, dry and persistent

Coming from a parcel with 10-15 year old vines planted in sandy clay and marl soils.
Harvest is 100% destemmed with a soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28-30°C, pumping over for the first week of maceration followed by skin-contact maceration for 20-25 days with rack and return technique (delestage).
Malolactic fermentation completed.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.

Review:

"This is very Burgundian in style, with effusive cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors riding a supple texture until the characteristic Sangiovese tannins emerge on the finish. Elegant, complex and long overall. Best from 2021 through 2035. 2,000 cases made. –BS"

- Wine Spectator (June 15th 2017), 96pts



 Wine Spectator: 96
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Color: brilliant red with burgundy reflects; Bouquet: penetrating with memories of wild black fruits, black cherry and noble wood; Taste: warm, dry and persistent

Coming from a parcel with 10-15 year old vines planted in sandy clay and marl soils.
Harvest is 100% destemmed with a soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28-30°C, pumping over for the first week of maceration followed by skin-contact maceration for 20-25 days with rack and return technique (delestage).
Malolactic fermentation completed.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.

Review:

"Good full ruby-red. Inviting aromas of red cherry pie, black cherry, sweet spices, mocha and dried herbs. Densely packed and silky, displaying superb intensity to the high-pitched red cherry and berry flavors. This sexy, velvety wine offers terrific lift and sappiness, but has a very firm spine of noble tannins and lively acids that leaves a lingering impression of a classic Brunello. Lush and very long, this beauty is already irresistible now. - Ian D'Agata"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (April 2018), 93 pts



 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012

Intense ruby red with brilliant burgundy reflects in color. Reminiscent of wild black fruits, vanilla and spices on the nose and dry, warm, slightly austere but velvety in the palate.

This wine comes from the oldest vineyard of Collemattoni: Fontelontano. Less than half hectare. It's one of the few Single Vineyard Brunello di Montalcino riserva.

Coming from a parcel with 15-18 year old vines planted in sandy clay and marl soils.
Harvest is 100% destemmed with a soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28-30°C, pumping over for the first week of maceration following by skin-contact maceration for 20-25 days with rack and return technique (delestage).
Malolactic fermentation completed. The delestage and the pumping over are then spaced out along the process. 
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.

Review:

"Saturated flavors of cherry and plum mesh nicely with the dense tannins in this intense, energetic red. Balanced, if a bit angular now, with the component parts needing time to integrate. Finishes with a firm grip and lingering tobacco and mineral accents. Best from 2022 through 2038. From Italy.—B.S."
- Wine Spectator Insider (April 2018), 96 pts


"Deep ruby. Very deep aromas of red plum, red berries, sweet spices and crushed stone are complicated by mint and cinnamon on the captivating nose. Juicy and extremely intense, with a crystallized quality to its sharply delineated fruit and spice flavors, this huge, structured wine is bursting at the seams with ripe fruit and flesh. A luscious mouthful of Brunello that finishes long with polished tannins and noteworthy energy, not to mention subtle building perfume.- Ian D'Agata"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (April 2018), 95 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95 Wine Spectator: 96
Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2016

Color: intense ruby red. 
Bouquet:violet flowers, black cherry and wild black fruits.
Taste: warm, dry and with good balance.

Coming from a parcel with 8-13 year old vines planted in sandy clay and marl soils.
Harvest is 100% destemmed with a soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28-30°C, pumping over for the first week of maceration followed by skin-contact maceration for 20-25 days with rack and return technique (delestage).
Malolactic fermentation completed.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.

Collemattoni Rosso Toscano IGT 2015

ruby red in color, bouquet of violet, cherry and blackberry, pleasant, dry and well balanced mouthfeel.

Coming from a parcel with 5-8 year old vines planted in sandy clay and marl soils.
Harvest is 100% destemmed with a soft pressing, fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 28-30°C, maceration for 10 days.
Malolactic fermentation completed.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.

Il Molino Di Grace Chianti Classico 2013

GRAPES 100% Sangiovese

POSITION Between 280 and 400 metres above sea level

TRAINING SYSTEM Spurred cordon with between 6–8 buds per cord

HARVEST End September to early October by hand

VINIFICATION PROCESS 20 days of maceration at a controlled temperature of 28-30°C with soft extraction process and frequent punchdowns

AGING 12 months between stainless steel, Slavonian oak casks, French barriques and tonneaux of second u


Review:

“Tangy and subtlety fruity with light walnut and orange peel undertones. Medium body, firm tannins. Drink now.”

-James Suckling, Aug. 22, 2016 90 Points

 90 Points
Piemaggio Chianti Classico Le Fioraie 2013

This wine is the authentic expression of a Chianti Classico, with an intense ruby color with burgundy reflections with age. Pleasant notes of violets and dry cherry on the nose. The taste is intense and persistent. Well-balanced, elegant and full-bodied

Production area: (Le Fioraie) Castellina in Chianti (Siena)
Piemaggio Chianti Classico Le Fioraie Sangiovese 90%, Colorino, Canaiolo Ciliegiolo 10%
Altitude: 350-480 meters above sea level.
Soil Composition: middle dough soil rich in mineral with galestro and alberese (Typical of this area).
Plant per hectare: 4,800
Cultivation technique: Guyot

Traditional winemaking with controlled temperature in stainless steal tank, with skin contact maceration for around 25 days, pumping overs and delestages. Aging for about 18 months with passages in concrete vats, in French oak casks of 25 HL and then in tonneaux. 3 months in the bottle.

Serve with pasta dishes, typical Tuscan cold cuts, roasted meat and semi dried cheeses.


Piemaggio Chianti Classico Riserva Le Fioraie 2012

Piemaggio Chianti Classico Riserva Le Fioraie is made from Sangiovese 90%, Colorino, Canaiolo Ciliegiolo 10%

The wine is only produced in the best vintage years, from Sangiovese grapes that are carefully selected at the time of the harvest, and a small part of Colorino, Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. The south-southwest exposure of the vineyards combined with the altitude of 380-480 meters and the complexity of the soil, mostly composed of galestro and Alberese,  bring to life a wine of excellent structure, elegance and balance - the perfect embodiment of the best qualities of its territory.

The nose is intense, elegant and persistent with hints of berries and violets. On the palate it is well-textured and elegant with a great balance between tannins and acidity.

Production area: (Le Fioraie) Castellina in Chianti (Siena)
Altitude: 350-480 meters above sea level.
Soil Composition: middle dough soil rich in mineral with galestro and alberese (Typical of this area).
Plant per hectare: 4,800
Cultivation technique: Guyot
Green harvest and selection of the best grapes in the vineyards with great characteristics in terms of production and sun exposure.

Traditional winemaking with controlled temperature in stainless steal tank, with skin contact maceration for around 25 days, pumping overs and delestages. Aging for about 36 months with passages in concrete vats, in French oak casks of 25 HL and then in tonneaux. 3 months in the bottle.

Serve with mushroom risotto, red meat, stew and dry aged cheeses.

Pinino Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Full, round and silky, with lots of aromas of blackberry and plum. Full bodied elegance with fine tannins and spicy oak notes on the finish.

Avereage age of the vines is 20 years. 

Aged 30 months in Solvanian Oak barrels

Wine went through malolactic fermetation. It was slightly filtered before bottling.

Pairs well with pasta with meat sauce, red meats and game.
 

Review:

Good full red. Lively bright ruby. subtle aromas of tarragon, mint and fresh fennel . A supple, rather delicate midweight with a pliant texture. Finishes with fine tannins and noteworthy persistence. I’d drink this attractve midweight over the next ten-twelve years.- Ian D'Agata"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (March 2017), 91+ pts


 


 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 91
Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino 2011

Poggio Nardone Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100 percent Sangiovese Grosso.

The rich nose displays scents of spices combined with aromas of small red ripe fruits, blackberry and blueberry.
Well structured, determined and elegant, with round and silky tannins. Very nice finish.

 


Review:

"This lively red exhibits cherry, strawberry, eucalyptus, tobacco and mineral flavors. The firm tannins work in tandem with the bright acidity, leaving a long, refreshing finish that echoes the fruit, earth and savory elements. Best from 2018 through 2028. 3,800 cases made. — B.S."

- Wine Spectator's Advance (June 15th 2016), 93 points

 Wine Spectator: 93
Poggio Nardone Rosso di Montalcino 2014

Poggio Nardone Rosso di Montalcino 2014 is 100 percent Sangiovese Grosso.

Intense ruby red color with garnet tints.
Intense and delicate aromas of fresh fruits with notes of cherry.
Dry red wine with a good strength and freshness, along with a nice aromatic persistence.

The 5 hectares of specialized vineyards in Montalcino are at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level and are surrounded by woodlands of ilex, oak and arbutus which are characteristic of Montalcino’s hillside habitat. The soil is predominantly composed of marl and limestone which renders this terrain particularly rich in mineral salts.

Pairs well with pasta prepared with meat sauces, mushrooms or truffles; complex rice, main courses of pork or veal with sauces.

Poggio Nardone Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Poggio Nardone Rosso di Montalcino is 100 percent Sangiovese Grosso.

Intense ruby red color with garnet tints.
Intense and delicate aromas of fresh fruits with notes of cherry.
Dry red wine with a good strength and freshness, along with a nice aromatic persistence.

The 5 hectares of specialized vineyards in Montalcino are at an altitude of 350 meters above sea level and are surrounded by woodlands of ilex, oak and arbutus which are characteristic of Montalcino’s hillside habitat. The soil is predominantly composed of marl and limestone which renders this terrain particularly rich in mineral salts.

Pairs well with pasta prepared with meat sauces, mushrooms or truffles; complex rice, main courses of pork or veal with sauces.

Review:

"A dense and chewy red with dark berry and walnut character. A more extracted style. Full body. A little overdone but should come around with a year or two of bottle age."

- James Suckling (September 20th 2017), 90 points

 90 Points
Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico 2009

Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico 2009 is made from 80% Sangiovese, 20% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Colorino

Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico is produced in limited quantities from grapes grown to certified organic farming protocols. The estate releases a single Chianti Classico from a selection of the cellar’s finest sangiovese and other traditional native grapes. A small proportion of wine from sangiovese only is bottled as Chianti Classico Riserva, which receives longer maturation in oak and ageing in glass.


DESIGNATION: Chianti Classico DOCG.

AREA OF PRODUCTION: Monsanto – Barberino val d’Elsa.

FIRST VINTAGE: 1997

TRAINING SYSTEMS: Cordon-trained and spur-pruned, Guyot.

SITE: Vineyards are located on the hill, half overlooking the north valley towards Barberino Val d’Elsa and half looking south towards Castellina.

SOIL TYPE: Limestone and clay with sections of schist and calcareous-clay galestro.

YELDS: 35q/ha

HARVEST METHOD: Manual.

WINEMAKING: Traditional in temperature-controlled steel and cement containers.

 


"Showing notes of sandalwood, espresso and red berries on the nose, this wine has a lovely silky attack and an attractive ferrous quality complementing red plum and earth notes. It has excellent length and is ready to drink now. A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 20% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Colorino aged 24 months in 500L oak tonneau. Produced in the Monsanto - Barberino Val d’Elsa zone with limestone and clay soil at about 400m altitude. The 15 ha vineyard is organically farmed."
- i-winereview (April/May 2016), 90 pts

Signano Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2016

Because of Vernaccia di San Gimignano’s ancient tradition and unquestionable quality, it was the first white wine to be awarded D.O.C. recognition in 1966. Since 1993 the Vernaccia S. Gimignano has entered into the category of D.O.C.G. Recognition, that means Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guarantee.

Appellation: Tuscany

Composition: 100% VernacciaTasting Notes: Intense straw yellow color with golden highlights. Fruity and flowery aromas with essence of apple and almond. Dry, warm, quite soft with lemon flavors accented by a nutty texture that revels itself in the finish.

Pairing: This wine is a perfect companion to appetizer, poultry, seafood and cheese.

Soil: Clay - limestone - silicon

Vinification: Stainless Steel Fermented

 
Strozzavolpe The Hanging Fox Chianti Classico 2015

Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Bouquet: Ethereal, vinous bouquet with hints of violets intertwined with vanilla and spice.
Taste: Elegant and round The flavor is full of ripe cherry and warm wood with leather and spice. The finish is persistent with hints of irises and violets.

Grapes: 90% Sangiovese 5% Cilegiolo 5% Pugnatello
Vineyards: The castle is surrounded by 32 hectares of vineyards, 7 of which are in Chianti Classico. The vineyards are protected by a thick woods of live oaks and the high altitude provides an enviable and well-ventilated exposition. The stony-calcareous soil is rich in fossils and minerals which give the wines an admirable structure. The warm days and cools nights enhance an already seductive bouquet. The vineyards lie at 350 meters. Vines are an average of 25 years old.
Harvest: October– by hand.
Yield per hectare: 75 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures with maceration on the skins for 15 to 20 days during which time the juice is pumped daily over the skins.
Aging: 12 months in French oak Allier barriques.
Acidity: 5.6

Roasted or grilled red and white meats. Pastas with wild boar or hare sugo, lasagne, polenta and wild game.


Strozzavolpe The Hanging Fox Chianti DOCG  2016
Color: Ruby red with garnet reflections.
Bouquet: Intense, vinous bouquet with hints of iris and violets.

Taste: The flavor is full of ripe fruit with nuances of cherry and marmalade mixed with spice. The finish is persistent Sangiovese 5% Cilegiolo 5% Pugnatello

Vineyards: 25 hectares of Chianti vineyard at the highest point above Poggibonsi. The vineyards are protected by a thick woods of live oaks and the high altitude provides an enviable and well-ventilated exposition. The stony- calcareous soil is rich in fossils and minerals which give the wines an admirable structure. The warm days and cools nights enhance an already seductive bouquet. The vineyards lie at 350 meters. Vines are an average of 25 years old.
Harvest: October– by hand.
Yield per hectare: 85 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures with maceration on the skins for 15 to 20 days. The wine is then racked and goes through malolactic.
Aging: Cement tanks of pietra serena
Acidity: 5.6

Salamis, pastas, grilled or roasted meats, dishes flavored with mushrooms, or rosemary. Excellent with polenta dishes.


Torre La Villa Chianti Colli Senesi 2015


Intense vinous bouquet with a beguiling blackberry and violet notes.
On the palate round and robust with hints of wild berries, dark cherry and spice. This Chianti has excellent acidity and a long cherry filled finish.

Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and 10% Malvasia Nera
Vineyards: La Torre is one of the original estates in San Gimignano and has 350 hectares in the hills of San Gimignano. It has clay, marl and calcareous soil with a large percentage of rocks and stones for good drainage. The vineyards lie at 300 to 400 meters. Vines are an average of 15 years old.
Harvest: October - by hand
Yield per hectare: 75 Quintals per hectare
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures. The juice is pumped over twice daily. The maceration period is about 15 days.
Aging: 10 months in large Slavonian oak casks
Acidity: 6
Alcohol: 12.5%

Pairs well with white and red meats, traditional Tuscan dishes.



 
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Fortezza Greco DOC Sannio 2017

Fortezza Greco DOC Sannio is made from 100% Greco - 20 years old

No Oak

A gold color; complex aromas of ripe fruits, candied fruit, honey. Soft and well-structured.

Southeastern exposure with an altitude of 250-350 meters above sea level.
Planting density: 3,500 vines per hectare on average.
Training system: espalier with Guyot pruning.
Manual harvest in small crates end of September.
Winemaking in white in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature.

Pairs well with fresh cheese, pasta with vegetables, vegetable soups.