I love the wines this week. I was fortunate enough to visit two of the estates on my last visit to Tuscany: Petroio and Castell’ In Villa. The Petroio Chianti, at $13, is a perennial stacker and shop fave and you won’t find a better value in Tuscany. I’ve sent many a customer to visit the Principessa Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa at Castell’ In Villa. She is the owner and winemaker at this historic estate and one of the most regal and elegant women you will ever encounter. Her wines are second to none. I’ve enjoyed her riserva’s at 25 years and they are perfection in a glass. I can’t say that for many others from the Chianti zone. Her wines can truly stand along side the great Brunelli! If you ever visit Tuscany you have to visit the Villa and eat at her restaurant. Great food and the place is stunningly beautiful. All of the tables and chairs are built out of the olive wood from the trees on the estate which produce the olive oil. The Poliziano Vino Nobile caught my nose the minute I put it in the glass. It smells like a walk through the very hills it grows in. This lineup is truly like a sniff and taste and brisk walk down memory lane for me.
2008 Fattoria Petroio, Chianti Classico/ Castelnuovo Berardenga $13
2007 Riecine, Chianti Classico/ Gaiole in Chianti $18
2007 Canalicchio, Rosso Di Montalcino/ Montalcino $20
2008 Castell’ In Villa, Chianti Classico/ Castelnuevo Berardenga $28
2007 Poliziano, Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano/ Montepulciano $28
Premium Pour ($3)
2006 Carpazo, Brunello Di Montalcino/ Montalcino $37