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11 Lucignano Chianti Fiorentin Thumbnail red wine sweet_0 intense_3 body_3 wood_1 farm_s
2011 Lucignano Colli Fiorentini
Tuscany, Italy

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Don't let the $18.50 price tag fool you. This is a seriously good Chianti that even Robert Parker gets excited about. If Count Guicciardini had his way, the wine wouldn't even be labeled as Chianti. The Fattoria di Lucignano estate is located around the historic medieval town of Lucignano in Tuscany. It sits within the appellation of Chianti Colli Fiorentini, or the zone of Chianti in the hills that literally lead down to the city of Florence. It is only a mile outside the western border of Chianti Classico and is "the finest cru of the appellation with its fine microclimate and unique soil characteristics, where the Canaiolo grape seems to thrive like nowhere else in the entire Chianti zone." The Count's family has been in the area for 9 centuries and has been making wine since 1546. According to family records, the Lucignano cru was historically more sought after than Chianti Classico. The estate covers 32 hectares of vineyards planted also of course to Sangiovese, as well as Colorino and Merlot. This 2010 is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo and the rest Colorino with a little Merlot. It exhibits all the classic notes we've come to expect from Chianti (whether the Count accepts that or not) with violet floral and subtly spicy aromas, black cherry flavors, nice acidity and fairly supple tannins. It is an amazing value.

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2009 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino, Italy Thumbnail red wine sweet_0 intense_3 body_4 wood_1 farm_u
2009 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
Tuscany, Italy

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The Argiano villa near Mount Amiata, one of the highest peaks in Tuscany, was built between 1581 and 1596, the era during which wine production began in the newly constructed cellar. Before then and for several centuries later the property has been under different ownership by various noble families, until the 19th century when Lady Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli took over and promoted Argiano wines "in the finest cultural circles of the time." In 1967, Argiano was among a few other historical producers in the area to found the Brunello Consortium. In 1992, Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano inherited the property and began working with the famous oenologist, Giacomo Tachis, to renovate and modernize the cellars and expand the vineyard holdings. However, as of last year, the Argiano estate is no longer owned by Italian nobles because it was purchased by "a group of Brazilian businessmen." Thankfully, though, throughout all this turnover, Argiano wines have maintained their high quality and remain a standard bearer for Brunello di Montalcino. The fruit that goes into the Brunello bottlings comes from their "most noble vines" and is aged for the first year in French barriques and Tonneaux of different sizes, then in large Slovenian oak casks for the second year to "allow the wine to achieve balance" and is then transferred to concrete tanks. The finished wine typically displays the Argiano style of concentrated fruit with a round, voluptuous body and silky tannins.

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