pick of the week – poggio vignoso chianti

Friday, August 02, 2013

I am just returned from a truly exhilarating editorial conference at Wine Enthusiast headquarters in New York. Over the next weeks and months I will be writing about many of the upcoming events and updates and other new ventures, but right now I cannot divulge anything or I would have to kill myself.

So please excuse the short entry for today – unlike my friend and colleague Steve Heimoff, who tirelessly blogged his way through the week, I am made of lesser stuff and after four hours of sleep and 18 hours spent navigating limos, airports, flights and a long ride home, there wasn't much left.

Except this excellent Pick of the Week from Small Vineyards (now the August Group). As many of you know, I am a lover of fine Chianti, and a lot of the wines I purchase and cellar for myself are Chianti Classicos. That said, you can expect to pay $25 and up (usually up) to get to the really good stuff. Here's a bottle at half that price that I would happily drink now and over the next decade.

The 2011 Poggio Vignoso Chianti is D.O.C.G.–designated, a classification not often found in wines at this price. It's under the supervisions of Luigi Donato, whose family has owned the estate for 150 years. The property itself is nothing short of historic–with records going back 13 centuries. Together with expert winemaker Fulvio Galgani, Donato has chosen to focus on wines that are unique to the region, such as the ultra-rare Pulignano–a clone of Sangiovese that only grows on their hill. In addition, they maintain the vast botanical gardens of Fattoria di Pugliano.

The 2011 Poggio Vignoso Chianti is loaded with spicy cherry and cranberry fruit, shows good concentration and a clean finish. The hints of tobacco and leather are from grapes, not oak chips or brett, and the alcohol is a perfect 13.5%. The mix of grapes is traditional all the way – 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, and 5% Malvasia Nera. Suggested retail – $12.

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