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Le Corti Don Tommaso Chianti Classico 2008

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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15% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Very intense ruby, almost like cranberry juice. Elegant nose of incense, bay leaves, black pepper and sandalwood as well as a basket of black cherries and wild blackberry. Mouth filled with fruity notes, roasted coffee and vanilla that stay in the background with the amarena and blackcurrant on the main stage. Beautiful body, soft and rich tannins, just sweet with the final references back to the fruit mixed with hot spices, cardamom and incense.

Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

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JS 93
James Suckling
A big and juicy style for a Chianti Classico with berries and wood character. Full body, lots of flavors and a intense finish. This is a mouthful and very enjoyable. What tension on the finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Released later than most Chianti Classicos, the 2008 Chianti Classico Don Tommaso sees 20% Merlot added to Sangiovese and you most certainly feel it. The Merlot component adds huge softness and plushness that makes this wine stand apart from the other denomination wines made by this estate. It’s truly beautiful in the mouth with a supple, velvety feel. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut notes add interest to the central flavors of violet, black currant and black cherry. Beautifully balanced, with a long, lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice.
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Le Corti

Le Corti

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Le Corti, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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"I had different plans when I first arrived at the 'Le Corti' Estate, but all it took was getting some mud on my shoes in order to understand that, by means of wine, oil and hospitality, I would have been able to improve the situation in the best way possible thus giving a sense of direction to an estate which had fallen into lethargy and had become a property that was no longer productive." "After all, in regards to my family’s history, coming across as modern and selling a worthy product successfully is nothing more than honouring tradition; as it is not a question of style but of substance, only communicating something that is real and solid when I am certain of the result." - Duccio Corsini

Le Corti’s estate is owned by the Corsini family, one of the oldest and most noble families of Tuscany. The family acquired the spectacular Renaissance Villa Le Corti and its property in 1427. In 1992, Prince Duccio Corsini took over the property with the simple goal of making great wine and olive oil. Corsini put oenologist Carlo Ferrini in charge of the agronomic and oenological aspects of the estate. Both the vineyards and winery have undergone significant improvements and Le Corti is now producing world-class wines.

At the estate of Le Corti, approximately 49 hectares are dedicated to producing Chianti Classico and 73 hectares to the production of olive oil. Sangiovese, the finest vine used to produce Chianti Classico DOCG, is the main varietal at Le Corti, but Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo, and Colorino are also grown. In 1995, Duccio Corsini planted 10 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot at Tenuta Marsiliana, the Corsini family’s estate in Maremma, the coastal region of Tuscany and one of Italy’s most dynamic wine regions. It has resulted in wines of power, robust with good structure and longevity.

Famous for its food-friendly, approachable wines and their storied history, Chianti is perhaps the best-known wine region of Italy. This sub-zone of Tuscany has it all: sweeping views of rolling hills, the warm Mediterranean sun, hearty cuisine and a rich artistic heritage. Chianti includes many subzones but its best quality generally comes from Chianti Classico, Colli Fiorentini and Chianti Rufina.

Chianti wines are made primarily of Sangiovese, with other varieties comprising up to 15% of the blend. Generally, local varieties are used, including Canaiolo, Colorino and Mammolo, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are allowed as long as they are grown within the same zone.

Basic, value-driven Chianti is simple and fruit-forward and makes a great companion to any casual dinner. At its apex, Chianti is full bodied but with good acidity, firm tannins, and notes of tart red fruit, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic and tobacco. Chianti Riserva, typically the top bottling of a producer, can benefit handsomely from a decade or two of cellaring.

Sangiovese

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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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