A wine I affectionately refer to as the “Goose Poop Wine”. This is a rather unique Chianti Classico in the Casa Emma line-up. The “Vignalparco” comes from a single 5-acre vineyard planted to Sangiovese that is solely managed by geese. That’s right, geese. In fact, the 2015 vintage marked the first year in which no mechanical vehicle of any kind even entered the vineyard! The geese eat insects and control weeds and grass and, of course, subsequently fertilize the vineyard.
This bottle was a pop and pour, served with our meal of pasta and sausage (a tomato-based sauce spiced with saffron). A striking deep ruby color with some noticeable sediment but nothing outrageous. Medium plus intensity. Red cherry fruit, underbrush, tomato leaf, an iron-rich damp earth thing on the nose. On the palate, tart cherry, almond skin, black lime (often used in Middle Eastern cuisine), and an almost sanguine-like character. Fine tannin; medium-plus acid; a long dry and satisfying finish. This paired fabulously with our meal and, compared with their standard Chianti Classico Riserva, a noticeably different expression of the terroir. — 11 days ago
🏅 Rating 90+/100 (4,05⭐)
Tawny rim. First nose is intense balsamic and herbal. Prunes, roasted coffee beans. Dried rose. Dark chocolate. Oak reveals with aeration. Lacked the primary fruit aromas, very much into tertiary territory, which made me think this wine is more advanced than it should be at this age. We could blame challenging vintage for that.
I Sodi di San Niccolò is among prestige Super Tuscans. Blend of 85% Sangioveto, and 15% Malvasia Nera. Fermented in steel, malo in concrete vats and matured in 50% new French oak barriques for 24-30 months. Grapes come from organically managed single vineyard with carefully selected clones particularly for the best performance in this terroir. Low yields.
Each year label features the image of one out of many bird species from Chianti region as a tribute to the enviroment.
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This inky ruby-colored wine offers up a nose as dark as its hue. Black cherry, tar and old leather mix in with tobacco and vanilla notes. There is an herbal element, too, which gives a sort of minty framework for the aromas. The palate is a juicy array of dark fruit with a touch of anise. The tannins are fine and smooth and the finish brings those dark berry flavors back for a lengthy review. — 16 days ago
Delicious and complex. Not yet fully mature. Striking, youthful color. Nose has tons of gravel, iodine, chokecherry liqueur. Concentrated and medium-bodied in the mouth. Great acids. Youthfully assertive but reasonably soft tannins. Flavors on the savory side and linger. Can’t wait until the Brasato is done to pair this. — 16 days ago