Tenuta Cappellina

Located in the southern most part of Chianti Classico near Sienna its 230 acres were purchased in 2012, 23 of which are planted with the traditional varieties used in Chianti along with Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Syrah. The estate is managed by Alex Burge with consulting agronomist Luca Martini di Cigala, of San Giusto a Rentennano. The winemaker Attilio Pagli, is one of the most prestigious consulting oenologists in the world. Sustainable viticulture is practiced with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Wild ferments, minimal sulfites and mostly neutral oak are utilized, so as not to compromise the varietal character of the grapes. "Fundementally we believe that good wine is primarily made in the vineyard, by producing healthy ripe grapes." Alex Burge

Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Canaiolo. Wild ferment in stainless. Aged 12 months 33 Hl Slavonian oak and neutral barriques, with an additional 12 months in the bottle before release. 700 cases produced at 13.5% alcohol.

Reviews:

La Cappellina's 2012 Chianti Classico is impressive for its depth and radiance. Dark red cherries, plums, flowers and herbs are some of the many nuances that come alive in the glass. The 2012 impresses for the way it brings together texture and richness along with notable salinity. The 2012 is 80% Sangiovese, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Canaiolo, with the Sangiovese aged in cask and the Cabernet and Canaiolo aged in neutral French oak. This is a strong debut. -- Antonio Galloni Vinous 90 Points

Price: 6pk FL $100, 2cs $96, 4cs $88, 6cs $80
 
Caspiolo IGT Toscana 2012

100% Canaiolo from 40 year old vines. Wild yeast ferments in Stainless, aged 12 months neutral barriques, and an additional 12 months in the bottle before release. 100 cases produced at 13.5% alcohol.

Reviews:

(100% canaiolo nero): Bright red. Captivating, highly perfumed aromas of red berries and sweet spices. Then classically dry, even austere, on the palate, with red berry flavors marked by very high acidity, which leaves a lean impression. Finishes floral and long. This refined wine ought to be very flexible with food. It tastes like it has less than the 13.5% alcohol declared on the back label.
-- Ian D'Agata Vinous 90 points

Price: 6pk FL $200, 2cs $160
 
Dianne IGT Toscana 2012

40% Sangiovese, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah. Wild yeast ferments in stainless, aged 24 months neutral barriques and an additional 6 months in the bottle before release. 375 cases produced at 13.5% alcohol.

Reviews:

The 2012 Diane, a Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, is laced with expressive dark fruit and lovely overall depth. There is plenty of potential in the glass, even if the elements aren't fully put together just yet. I tasted the 2012 from barrel. It will be interesting to see what the final months of aging bring. -- Antonio Galloni Vinous 90 points

Price: 6pk FL $200, 2cs $180
 
Casa del Capo

Casa del Capo is a Supertuscan blend of wines from our vineyards in the most southern part of Chianti Classico, in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga: warm soils and climate that give intense and powerful wines. We have a variety
of soil types, the classics schisty limestone “galestro”, cooler clay soils and warmer sandy pebbly ones. This diversity of soil types, together with different grape varieties and exposures, give a series of variables that allow us to make excellent wines in all climate conditions a vintage can offer. Vinification takes
place with only indigenous yeast and as low as use of sulphites as possible. Fermentation is generally over in 10 days and we leave the wine on the skins another week or so for maceration. The blend of four 2009 is Merlot 40%, Syrah 30%, Cabernet 16% and Sangiovese 14%. Ageing has been a mix of barriques (approx. 25%), 30 Hl traditional Italian "botti" (approx. 50%) and the rest is in steel.

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Price: FL $96, 3 cs 88, 5 cs 80