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2017 Chianti Classico

Villa Di Geggiano
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Andrea Bianchi Bandinelli’s son Gregorio now lives full-time on their family property near Siena, and his constant watchful eye over the property has only improved their authentic “farmhouse” Chiantis. You will be hard-pressed to find a more “classic” rendition of this storied wine, with over a thousand years of robust history. Geggiano is located in the subzone around Castelnuovo Berardenga in the south, which sports rich clay soils and delivers powerful, age-worthy Chianti. Their impressive 2017 is dark, full throttle, and virile, with a bright, deep, juicy palate followed by an earthy, baked terra cotta and rosemary-infused finish that transports you immediately to Tuscany. As good as it is now, this wine has a very long future ahead of it—I recommend buying a case so that you can enjoy it young and let some traverse the decades.

Dixon Brooke

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 100% Sangiovese
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Villa di Geggiano
Winemaker: Andrea & Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli
Vineyard: 15-20 years
Soil: Clay, Silt, Sand, Limestone
Aging: Wine ages for eighteen months in 500-L French oak barrels (10% new), and then in bottle for another three months before release
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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Tuscany

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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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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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