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2011 Chianti Classico Riserva

Villa Di Geggiano

2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Di Geggiano - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

In spite of the expansion of the Chianti zone in the 1960s and subsequent mass production of this storied wine, well-made Chianti remains unrivaled in Italy for its strong character and ability to do wonders at table. In the heart of the original, Classico zone lies Villa di Geggiano, a marvelous estate that has been in the Bandinelli family for centuries. Brothers Andrea and Alessandro run the show today, crafting small quantities of ultra-artisanal, traditional Chianti in addition to keeping up the splendid villa, a treasure trove of eighteenth-century art and furniture akin to a portal back in time. We advise you to visit. The brothers farm organically and age their Riserva thirty months in oak casks, giving a deep, powerful, chewy expression of Sangiovese with rich flavors of black fruit, herbs, and leather. The dusty, grippy tannins are the perfect foil to game and hearty pasta dishes; alternatively, this thick, potent red will have no problem aging for many more years.

Anthony Lynch

$41.00
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 97% Sangiovese 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Winemaker: Andrea & Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli
Vineyard: 25 years, 10.6 ha total
Soil: Clay and Limestone and Silt with Galestro rocks
Aging: Ages 20 months in French oak tonneaux (500-L, 90%) and barriques (225-L, 10%) (15% new); 10 months in 12-hl and 20-hl French oak botti
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Tuscany

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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