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The Chianti Classico Riserva is graced with the image of il Chiorba (the baldy) – the founder of the Lecci e Brocchi farm. The wine ages for two years in botte (large older wood barrels). It’s very aromatic, with herbs and stone over a core of dark fruit. Structured and showing some ripe tannins, it’s full-bodied by still graceful and vibrant, with a long and juicy finish. An impressieve Riserva, this will continue to develop for years to come. Jamie Wolff
The Chianti Classico 2019 (Sangiovese + 10% Canaiolo and Colorino) was aged in cement tanks (nothing fancy, they date to the 1960s), and it’s a very pure and transparent wine, more on the savory and mineral side. After a little time in the glass the aromatics really develop; the wine is fairly rich and full-bodied, lifted by brambly bright fruit. It’s a great value, and IMHO this could serve as a textbook example of fine young Chianti Classico. Jamie Wolff
Ragonaia is a single-vineyard, 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico, aged in used French barriques and tonneau; the wood aging brings some richness of texture and an elegance to the wine. Also very savory and mineral, it’s quite full-bodied, with pronounced red fruit on the long finish. Perhaps the most contemporary / least rustic in style of the Lecci wines, it’s still a treat for anyone partial to Sangiovese. Jamie Wolff
This wine is dedicated to animals known as "meticcio," or "mixed breed" in English. The estate has a beloved horse named Tiberio that is a meticcio. However, most animals with this heritage are less fortunate, and often abandoned, so this rosato is made in their honor. The wine is also a meticcio, coming from Malvasia Nera, Alicante, Foglia Tonda, Colorino, and Canaiolo Nera. In the glass, the wine is a pale shade of rose gold. The nose has a soft scent of candied cherry, freshly blossomed white and pink flowers, and crushed white stone. A subtle but very elegant nose. The palate is more assertive, with tart red cherry and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is broad, with a touch of richness that lasts just a hint longer than the length of a sip. Very refreshing. David Hatzopoulus
I am fascinated by Sangiovese, a complicated wine topic that deserves more time that I can devote, which is partly why I can’t pretend that I’m very interested in Super Tuscans that are Bordeaux blends. Life’s too short… However, we do always stock the Tzingana – out of love and respect for everything from Monte Bernardi, but also with pride because the wine is great – a quality : price challenge to the much more famous and grossly more expensive Super Tuscans. Tzingana hits classic Medoc aromatic and flavor markers, but devotees are unlikely to mistake it for Saint Julien because of the unmistakable Tuscan notes of herbs (rosemary, thyme) and flinty stoniness from galestro soils that are unique to Panzano. All-in, an excellent pair with holiday roasts. If you’ve enjoyed the famous Super Tuscans, you should really try Tzingana! Jamie Wolff
Another fantastic vintage of this staple red from Monte Bernardi. 95% Sangiovese with 5% of Canaiolo Nero from estate vines in Panzano, Chianti. Wine is fermented naturally in oak and stainless steel before aging 18-24 months in oak. The nose is very fragrant, with notes of warm blueberry preserve, balsamic and freshly baked pie crust. Above those deep aromas, there are fresh red cherries and woodsy forest shrubs. On the palate, there are flavors black cherry, milled coffee beans, and a very lovely note of candied blackberry. The wine has a long finish of herbs and spice. Structure-wise, this Chianti has high acidity and healthy tannin. An incredible wine!
A deep translucent ruby in the glass, the nose is intensely aromatic with thyme, oregano and wild herbs along with a subtle lift of mint. Cherry and red plum fruit mingle with an earthy vegetal sweetness reminiscent of ripe tomato plants after a summer rain. More tart cherry and fresh tomato on the palate are followed by some peppery spice and lingering acidity. The tannins are rustic and firm but not out of place, softening a bit after a few hours open. This certainly has the structure to age several years or longer but it's so good now that it might be hard to wait! Jeff DiLorenzo