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Fornacina 2017 Rosso di Montalcino

Making some of our favorite Brunello wines, Simone and Mauro Biliorsi farm six hectares of vines just outside of the historic town of Montalcino. The vineyards were converted to organic farming in 2004, and the conscientious work in the vines is mirrored in the traditional winemaking: fermentation using only indigenous yeasts, and the wine is raised in large Slovenian oak barrels with a volume between 20 and 35 hectoliters. In the 2017 vintage, the Biliorsi brothers made no Brunello di Montalcino, feeling the quality just wasn't there. All the grapes, including the oldest vines of the estate, went into the regular Rosso bottling. Upon tasting this wine at VinItaly 2019, we agreed we had to secure as much as possible. Though showing a bit of the aggressive character of this warm vintage, a quick decant softens it considerably, and draws out a deep and alluring wine that is both bold and refined, drinking very well now, but also with all the stuffing to age for a decade plus. The nose shows a wonderful combination of fruit and earth, with notes of cherry, black cherry, dried cherry, deep ripe raspberry, orange zest, bergamot, a hint of undergrowth, cherry leaves and a bit of black tea leaves. The palate is generous, with a full, rounded body, medium-plus tannins and good acidity, with notes of ripe fruit, an herbal component, as well as hints of baking spice, nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla. Pair with anything from red sauce dishes to braised meat, and don't hesitate to stock up and enjoy this wine years from now. Oskar Kostecki

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  • Organic
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La Gerla 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

A delicious, classic Brunello; La Gerla uses a blend of Sangiovese Grosso from both the Canalicchio and Castelnuovo vineyards with vines averaging 25 years old. The wine is age in large 50-100hl casks for three years, then bottled and aged for an additional year before release.

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  • Organic
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Lecci e Brocchi 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva

From very old vines, this is very much in the same mold as the Chianti – and was vinified identically – but is considerably deeper and rounder without any additional wood, alcohol, or extract – just a direct expression of the old vines. I think this is remarkable – it strikes a fascinating balance between palate-enveloping darker fruit and finesse.  JW

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  • Organic
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Lecci e Brocchi 2016 Chianti Classico

Aside from Gregory Dal Piaz’s fervent recommendation, I fell for Lecci e Brocchi for obvious reasons: the wine tastes like Chianti – very good Chianti, in fact. It’s aromatically quite intense, with bright red fruit bound to stone and savory rocky herbs. On the light side of medium-bodied, the palate follows the aromas – if anything the stony-iron character is more present. This is a very harmonious, long, and quite elegant Chianti.  Jamie Wolff

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Lecci e Brocchi 2018 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a deep pink color in the glass, with hints of salmon. The 2018 is a hearty and structured rose, with notes of dry tart cherry, ripe strawberry, red currants, and an interesting herbal character. Quite firm on the palate, with a bit of structured tannins yet quite bright acidity, and an undercurrent of earth and  mineral notes. The finish is long and lingering. Quite delicious now, but I wouldn't hesitate holding this for a year or two to see where it goes. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
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  • Organic

Monte Bernardi 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Sa'etta

While I always love the wines from Monte Bernardi, every year Sa’etta is one of the most compelling. The organic viticulture, reflective sandstone soils, extra élevage result in wines of great purity, lift, tension, and dare I say, flair. There’s the beautiful characteristic Morello cherry fruit (though perhaps given a boost of florality and finesse here). This is underlain by a deep sense of nearly salty minerality (not just acidity, though this is also expressed, despite the warmth of the vintage). And finally there’s this savory, energetic kick to the finish, which pulls off the neat trick of not just length, but expansiveness; there’s real dimension and style here to match the stoniness at the core of the wine. A real treat now, but this should be splendid with 8-12 years and beyond in the bottle. John McIlwain

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monte Bernardi 2018 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else.  The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils.  The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.  As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food; try it with everything from classic red sauce pastas, sauteed greens, and saltier cheeses all the way to richer food like roasted lamb or game birds.

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