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The Villa di Geggiano Way

by Jane Berg

2019 Toscana Rosso “Bandinello”

Villa Di Geggiano   Italy   |   Tuscany   |  Toscana IGT

$25.00

When asked about their approach to winemaking, brothers Alessandro and Andrea Boscu will tell you they keep it “as simple as possible.” And if you’re familiar with their house style––classic, terroir-driven, versatile— that philosophy checks out. But simple wouldn’t be possible without raw talent and impeccable ingredients. It helps that they are passionate about organic viticulture, that they farm grapes in one of the most celebrated parts of Tuscany, and are privy to a family history of traditional winemaking that dates back to the 16th century.
    “Bandinello,” an ancestor’s namesake, is a hearty Tuscan red that blends young Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, and Syrah from the heart of the Chianti Classico zone. Where fruit from older vines is reserved for Chianti bottlings that will spend at least two years in the cellar softening around the edges, the juice for this cuvée is bottled with immediate pleasure in mind after six brief months in oak casks. It’s a youthful wine that’s vibrant and vigorous and delivers on their modest promise of simplicity. A decanted bottle in my house reminded me of black fruit, olive, and sage and paired beautifully with grilled fennel sausage and white beans. And while this provincial red aims to favor rusticity over charm, it turns out the two are not mutually exclusive. “Bandinello” is among the most perfect country wines we carry on our shelves.


$25.00

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About 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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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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