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2015 Bandinello Toscana

Villa Di Geggiano

2015 Bandinello Toscana Villa Di Geggiano - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Brothers Andrea and Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli are such classy gentlemen—suavely dressed, well mannered, and commanding a surprising mastery of the English language—that it is almost difficult to imagine them hard at work in an old stone cellar, with a backdrop of damp, moldy walls and cobwebs, crafting genuine and heartwarmingly rustic Sangiovese. Yet beneath Villa di Geggiano, the museum-like estate they run whose colorful frescoes and perfectly preserved antiques take us centuries back in time, something special is unfolding. The Geggiano winemaking operation is about as artisanal as can be, housed in a thirteenth-century cellar filled with nothing but old wooden casks, where the elixir of these Tuscan hillsides patiently blossoms to maturity.
      A lighter-bodied introduction to the estate, the Bandinello includes a dash of Ciliegiolo and Syrah alongside Sangiovese. Floral-scented with plenty of fresh, dark fruit, it is an entry-level ticket to everyday Tuscan contentment.

Anthony Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 60% Sangiovese, 20% Ciliegiolo, 20% Syrah
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Villa di Geggiano
Winemaker: Andrea & Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli
Vineyard: 4 - 20 years
Soil: Clay and Limestone and Silt with Galestro rocks
Aging: Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel lasts about 15 days, wine ages for six months in 500-L French oak barrels (10% new), and then in bottle for another three months before release
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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