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Castello La Leccia Vivai Del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015 Product #32021 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Vivai Del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015 Castello La Leccia Vivai Del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015

An estate dating from 1077 is going to have deep roots, but it's especially exciting when a strong sense of tradition gets paired with a touch of modern innovation. Owner/winegrower  Francesco Daddi has gone "back to the future" a bit by converting this prime estate near Castellina in Chianti to 100% organic farming and returning to the practice of blending Malvasia Nera with his Chianti Sangiovese.

Here he innovates by selecting small lots of what could be Chianti Classico, giving them a lighter extraction and then bottling 85% Sangiovese and 15% Malvasia with zero time in oak.  The result is a festive, fun, wine that's bursting with juicy black cherry, a hint of licorice root, and lots of floral complexity.  The structure is friendly - fresh and lightly tannic - inviting summer sipping with a light chill or warming it up and airing it out so more dark, spicy, fruit emerges to pair with pizza, pasta or richer foods.  Delicious stuff.

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Product #32187 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014

You may have heard that vintage 2014 was “challenging” in Tuscany.  That’s not true – at most estates it was downright awful.  Cold, wet and cloudy weather throughout the growing season meant most growers were unable to ripen their fruit fully and had to battle constantly with rot in the vineyard and winery.  If they were able to make Chianti Classico at all, it was almost always light in color and body, tart and tangy, and lacking in concentration or depth.

Which is why this 2014 is such a stunning treat!  The combination of heavy, hard, handwork in the vineyards all season long, higher altitude and well-drained vineyards, and using all the fruit normally destined for the Riserva Chianti in the Classico gives a wine with fine dark color and plenty of concentration and richness.  At this young state, it’s all about the rich raspberry and black cherry fruit with subtle accents of violets and oak spice.  Round and full on the palate, but never heavy or think, the fruit courses across your palate to finish clean, pure and fruity.  Fine tannins make this a winner with pasta dishes and even better with a slab of just-grilled, grass-fed, beef.

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Product #32013 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013

Full confession – we’re not normally fans of Italian “Riserva” wines.  Even though most use the estate’s best fruit, the extra time in oak (up to a year) often dries the wine out, kills the fruit, and gives sticky, drying, tannins that rob the wines of all their fun.  Here, though, we have a Chianti Classico Riserva that soars above the norm in every way!

Francesco Daddi made the first vintage in 2012 in honor of his father, Giuland.  It’s built on the estate’s best Sangiovese plus a splash of Malvasia Nero – a favorite blend of Giuland’s – and given 18 months in French oak followed by extra time in concrete tank and bottle.  The aromas are sexy and sophisticated, with deep cherry/berry fruit framed by notes of fresh earth, sweet spice, and light herb.  There’s a ton going on in your mouth, but the bold burst of black raspberry fruit pulses through the layers of tobacco, spice, smoke and fresh flower flavors.  The fruit keeps on pumping through the long, complex, and firm finish in a wine that has the structure to age a decade and shine now with rich, dry-aged, beef.

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