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Le Cinciole Petresco 2010

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Luca and Valeria personally supervise the careful selection of Sangiovese clusters for this wine. The grapes are selected in those vineyards that show the best ripening and that "express" the character of the current vintage in the best way. Vinification is carried out in glazed cement tanks and during the natural fermentation the must is continuously checked so that the temperature does not go over 28 degrees Celsius. The wine is then racked into barriques where malo-lactic fermentation takes place on the lees. Batonnage is frequently carried out. The wine matures in the same oak ovals for 18 months and is finished in the bottle for 12 months.

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The 2010 Petresco shows the darker side of Sangiovese. Black cherries, plums, smoke, sage, tobacco and leather are all pushed forward in a big, powerful wine that is going to need time to soften and become fully expressive. Then again, the Cinciole wines have a way of blossoming in bottle, so it will be interesting to see what time brings.
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Le Cinciole

Le Cinciole

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Le Cinciole, Tuscany, Italy
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In 1991, Milan residents Luca and Valeria Orsini took a radical leap; tired of the fast-paced city life, they seized the opportunity to buy the Le Cinciole estate in the storied Chianti village of Panzano. They relocated to Tuscany and left their former careers as math professor and architect to become grape growers and winemakers. Their first vintage was not the most encouraging: 1992 was a horrendous vintage in Tuscany! Nevertheless, the Orsinis kept on in their pursuit of great Chianti Classico and now, almost twenty years later, they have succeeded masterfully!

Named after the property’s historical place name, which was a twist on the ancient Etruscan-Roman name designating the immediate area as “the lands of Quintius,” the estate, now recognized throughout Italy for its quality, extends across northern Chianti Classico district Greve’s famed “Conca d’Oro”, or “golden vale”. Though most vineyards in Greve are at approximately 200-350 meters, Le Cinciole’s Panzano slopes rise to a cool 400-450 meters and host Chianti’s famous galestro soil mixed with sand and chalk. With a total of 13 hectares planted to vines, 11 are currently in production, whereas 5 additional hectares are planted to olive groves. The Petresco vineyard, which is the source for the grapes for the Riserva, is limestone-based. Only a few wines are produced at Le Cinciole in order to focus on quality.

One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery, and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano trailing far behind.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, perfect for Sangiovese as it ripens most efficiently on slopes with maximum exposure to sunlight.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello in particular is sensitive to vintage variation, performing best in years that are not too hot and not too cold. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, the island of Elba and more inland, in Carmignano.


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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

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