Rustic Italian Reds I
The ultimate trio of hearty and rustic Italian reds, all truly outstanding representations of their respective regions.
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(Tuscany, Italy) Fattoria di Sammontana - San Firenze Chianti Superiore 2016
This Chianti is made from 100% Sangiovese, from a single plot of the estate's best vines. It spends one year in old barrels followed by a couple of years in the bottle before release. It's generous but restrained, has beautiful bright fruit and starting to show some development. Superb. Made by Daniele & Dario, the fourth generation at this biodynamic Tuscan estate. Within the range they make a balanced mix of traditional Sangioveses along with experimental wines vinified in clay amphoras (see the orange wine section).
(Piemonte, Italy) Cascina Zerbetta - Barbera del Monferrato 2017
This estate's flagship wine. Barbera grown on Terra Rossa, a heavy red clay soil that results in wines of a certain concentration and structure. Strong notes of juicy black cherries and spices, it features the perfect balance of acidity and juiciness to keep this full-bodied wine very drinkable. Will need 10-15mins of air upon opening and will keep improving over the course of a few days, if you can make it last. Made by Paolo Malfatti, a Piemonte native who planted his vines on previously unused land in Monferrato in the late 90's. In this picturesque corner of Italy's Northwest,vines grow alongside organic hazelnuts and wild plants.
(Piemonte, Italy) Borgatta - Lamilla 2014
Aged Dolcetto from a 83-yr old producer. Rustic, complex, showing beautiful development with notes of coffee/ tobacco. Proper stuff. The 2014 vintage was cooler than normal, resulting in a leaner and fresher wine but with every bit as much character. We often call this one our 'baby Barolo.' Made by Emilio Oliveri, who has been working a tiny 2 hectares of land since the 60's with his wife Marisa. Now in his 80's, he is still going strong and still producing some of the best Piemonte wines we have come across in a very long time. These are wines ‘come si faceva una volta,’ a representation of tradition, of old methods, and of pure dedication. Wines infused with the energy of two of the kindest souls one is ever likely to meet.