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2011 Alta Valle Della Greve “80”

Podere Campriano

2011 Alta Valle Della Greve “80” Podere Campriano - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Our latest foray into Tuscany has yielded an exciting new collaboration: Podere Campriano, a minuscule family farm on a hill above Greve in Chianti, perfectly embodies the values we seek out in our winemaking partners. With a deep respect for tradition, an emphasis on sustainability, and an enduring quest for an honest expression of place, the Lapini family shows a level of dedication to their craft that results in some of the most special Sangiovese we have tasted.

The “80” bottling, named for the year in which the Lapinis replanted the vineyard, is a declassified Chianti Classico Riserva. In great contrast to the many oaky, alcoholic Super Tuscans, Campriano proposes a ‘Super Tuscan’  based solely on terroir—the family’s finest vineyard site, planted to 100% Sangiovese, and declassified to set it apart from their other wines.

Overlooking the town of Greve below and the Chianti hills in the distance, this half-acre plot sits at altitude on galestro schist and limestone. There is a purity, wildness, and vivid fruit rarely found in Sangiovese. Its sinewy tannins give something to chew on, while an invigorating iron-like minerality lifts the whole to another level. Concentrated and intense yet elegant and refined, the “80” is made for the dinner table and built to last. You’ll want to get acquainted with Podere Campriano to taste a ‘Super Tuscan’  that makes a loud statement about where it comes from. –Anthony Lynch
$57.00
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: IGT Alta Valle della Greve
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Podere Campriano
Winemaker: Elena Lapini, Luca Polga
Vineyard: 35 years, .18 ha
Soil: Galestro (Clay and Schist), Limestone
Aging: Aged 10-12 months in 4-5 year old oak barrels, then in stainless steel tanks 12-14 months
Farming: Organic
Production: 1,500 cases
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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