Riecine, Chianti Classico, DOCG, Tuscany, Italy, 2020
Riecine has always followed a pioneering path, defining a new style and approach in this classic region.
Founded by Englishman John Dunkley, and today run by the Frank family, the estate is committed to a natural approach in winemaking. Certified organic and following biodynamic processes, the land is gently nurtured with plants, flowers, and grasses encouraged to flourish. This is to promote vineyard diversity and the health of the land. Closely monitored pickers select only the best, ripest and cleanest bunches from the vines; everything else remains in the fields to return to the earth. With winemaking in the skilled hands of Alessandro Campatelli, low sulphur additions, natural yeasts and long fermentation are de rigeur, as wines are gently coaxed into the world. Adhering strictly to the belief in Sangiovese as the only variety that should be used, these incredible wines are honest examples of that overused phrase 'a true sense of place'.
From a selection of vineyards in the Gaiole region of Chianti. From vines planted in organically certified soil (wine is not certified) of limestone and clay, the vines average 30 years old and are pruned double guyot style.
Harvested by hand, and sorted on a vibrating sorting out table, destemmed, and then a 15 day maceration in a Nomblot concrete tank. Fermentation with indigeneous yeast, with pumping overs before ageing for 13 months in a range of vessels including Nomblot eggs, used tonneaux and also large wooden casks (Grenier) before final blending.
% wine oaked: 50
% new oak: None
Pale crimson red colour. This has an exciting nose and bright acidity. Succulent, red fruit with fine, powerful tannins. This Sangiovese has taken on a Pinot Noir like guise.
Perfect with bruschette, bolognese, risotto and ravioli.
Wine & Spirits Magazine 92 Points
Riecine's vineyards lie in the north of Giaole and reach as high as 1,960 feet above sea level; all have been organically farmed since the 1970's. Alessandro Campatelli took over as winemaker in 2015, and the current releases were some of the most impressive Chianti Classico's we have tasted this year. The 2020 Chianti Classico offers and appealing mix of red and black cherry flavors enlivened by notes of thyme and oregano. The raspy tannins, pleasantly savory, give it a Tuscan flair and make it a perfect match for tomato-based sauces. 92 Points, PJC, SJ, TQT, April 2022.
12 x 75cl