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Fattoria le Masse 2017 Chianti Classico

By all reports a vintage of reduced crops, 2017 has been standing out to me as a vintage of quality for several Tuscan producers who were able to handle the concentration of the vintage and maintain balance with their wines. The 2017s from Monte Bernardi stand out, along with the Montesecondo wines I tried from 2017, and one of our local faves, the Lecci e Brocchi (we're onto the 2018 now, but the '17 was great while it lasted!). Enter Fattoria le Masse's 2017 Chianti Classico, a perfect rendition, with medium-full body, dark cherry notes, a touch of leather... sound like Chianti yet? Ideal with any meat dishes, red sauces, home-cooked pizzas, or roasted veggies. Grapes were harvested by hand in October. Fermented naturally, macerating on the skin for about 40 days. Aged one year in French oak and matures in bottle for 8 months before release. A classic Chianti, with fine tannins and just the right amount of material and acidity to age very well for 3-5 years, perhaps even longer!  -EL

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Fattoria le Masse 2018 Toscana Rosso Timeo (Canaiolo)

We know of Canaiolo mainly as a blending grape in Tuscany, and rarely do we find wine enthusiasts outside of Italy who can speak on its virtues, as it is equally rare to find a 100% Canaiolo wine. Recently however, there have been a few estates that have started to produce varietal expressions. The Fattoria le Masse 'Timeo' is a fantastic example, lithe and perfectly balanced with acidity and refined and elegant deep red fruit flavors, delivered with energy, and on the lighter side of medium. Grapes were harvested from vines planted in 1961 to sand and clay soils at the end of September. Fermented with indigenous yeast, with about 40 days on the skins without temperature control in steel tanks. Aged for 6 months in steel before one more year in bottle. Now we find that Canaiolo was "more popular in Central Italy than Sangiovese until the eighteenth century" (J Robinson/J Harding/J Vouillamoz, WINE GRAPES), with the "velvety texture and full body of its best examples rounding out Sangiovese's firm tannins." Curious indeed! Maybe the immediate joy of the Canaiolo was replaced by the reward of Sangiovese's noble ageing potential, but one can see with the 'Timeo' why Canaiolo was popular. Immediately drinkable, friendly and balanced, this is a perfect red for appetizers, salads, poultry, grilled fish, pretty much anything! I did find myself yearning for more material when I tried to pair it with meatballs and red sauce, so maybe the Chianti from Fattoria le Masse would be the better choice for red meat or dishes with tomato sauce, but this Canaiolo definitely goes the distance!  -EL

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Fornacina 2015 Brunello di Montalcino

I've tried to resist the temptation of a potential cliché, but: this made me think of Burgundy, because this is a really elegant Brunello with no sign of heat, beautiful balance – it’s intense, but not at all too rich, with good lift, and a clear sense of place. I’ve tasted Fornacina for about 10 years now, and terroir emerges in the wine; the relatively high altitude (400+ meters), and the high PH of the galestro soil, must play a role in how fresh the wine is, even in a hot vintage like 2015. The wine is very fragrant with “frutti di bosco”, or forest fruits (wild strawberry, blackberry, etc), clay and “sotto bosco”, or forest floor – leafy and earthy. After 4+ hours open, it’s showing even better: a very refined wine, aromatic, dynamic, and delicious. Jamie Wolff

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I Fabbri 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva

100% Sangiovese, 13.5° alcohol, vinified in concrete and aged in old wood ranging from tonneau to 30HL botte. And wow! Very aromatic – delicately floral, bright fruit, stony. On the palate a lovely light texture and beautiful balance, again very stony, with sweet raspberry, thyme, olive, and slightly grainy tannins that add complexity. Very, very good, old school wine – I’m brought back to why I fell for Chianti in the first place. After a few days open still beautifully lifted and complex – my kind of wine. 111 points. Jamie Wolff

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I Fabbri 2018 Chianti Classico Terra di Lamole

90% Sangiovese Grosso and 10% Canaiolo from old vines planted 550 meters above sea level. Fermentation and aging is done in cement and 500 liter French oak tonneaux. In the glass, the wine is a ripe red cherry in color. The nose is full of fresh red berries, with a touch of juniper perfume and woodsy earth.  Rich on the palate, with strong iron and mineral strength, with a zap of firm cherry - finishing on a semi-bitter cranberry note. The structure is bright, with incredibly healthy acidity and very clean tannic chew. What a balanced yet invigorating wine! David Hatzopoulos

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I Fabbri 2019 Chianti Classico Lamole Fiasco

I Fabbri's Fiasco bottling is an incredibly bright Sangiovese from one of our favorite Chianti producers. The nose of this fresh red is full of wild fruits - cherries, strawberries, and blueberries. Lending a rustic accent is a pleasant aroma of savory green herbs. Flavors of black cherry and dark stones create a bright palate with a healthy level of high-toned verve. Great acidity and a light hint of tannin round out this delicious (and dangerously drinkable) wine! Serve at cellar temperature for extra refreshment. David Hatzopoulos

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Le Ragnaie 2019 Troncone Toscana Rosso

100% Sangiovese from organic vineyards in Montalcino, planted too high in elevation to qualify for Rosso DOC or Brunello DOCG labeling. Fermented in cement with native yeasts and a 15 day maceration on the skins. Aged in Slavonian oak for 12 months and bottled without clarification. A clear black cherry hue in the glass. On the nose, the Troncone has lovely red berries, small plums, dried red and purple flowers, a touch of warm ginger, and lightly tilled garden soil. Flavors are sparky, with snappy cherry, zesty black pepper, and a core of brisk minerality. The finish is bright and citrusy. Very cooling in structure, with a great, lapping texture on the tongue, with medium acidity and just a dash of tannin. David Hatzopoulos

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Lecci e Brocchi 2018 Chianti Classico Ragonaia

The Ragonaia bottling from Lecci & Brocchi is 100% Sangiovese from vineyards 420 meters above sea level. Fruit harvested at the end of of September. Vinification in vertical open tonneaux with manual punch downs. Fermentation is natural. Malo happens in steel tanks before aging in barrique for 12 months. In the glass, the wine shows a lovely black cherry in color. On the nose, the wine is soft, with savory red plum, red flowers, and dark citrus peel. Flavors of ripe red cherry and minerally earth. Generous on the palate, showing medium acidity and fuller but woven tannin. David Hatzopoulos

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Monte Bernardi 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva

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! David Hatzopoulos

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Pian delle Querci 2015 Brunello di Montalcino

In the glass this 2015 Brunello is a clean red cherry in color. The nose is full and complex, with roses and herbal aromas. Lovely red fruits and a hint of springy grassiness give the nose a great pop. After hours open, the bouquet deepens and a touch of spice develops. The palate is peppery and full of plum and black cherry. Right after opening, a lively spark of salinity and a flavor refreshing mint show on the palate. With air, the wine plumps up with enhanced richness. The wine has a great chew and acidity. David Hatzopoulos

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