2011 Viticcio Bere
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, red fruit, strawberry and raspberry
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, asparagus, green pepper and red fruit
"The latest vintage of Soluve's outrageously delicious Tuscan red. Boasting dark cherry and berry aromas and flavors, this polished red is vibrant and harmonious. 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot."
"The great success of Bere beginning with the 2007 vintage brought a dilemma to Alessandro Landini at Viticcio. Italian law allows an estate to purchase a limited amount of grapes above the legal amount produced at the property. As he approached the 2009 vintage Alessandro realized that he would not be able to supply enough Bere while continuing to use Viticcio on the label. That year he leased a 4 hectare vineyard, Pian della Vite, not far from the Viticcio estate in Greve for the purpose of increasing the production of Bere. Alessandro decided to establish a separate company under the Pian della Vite name."
"With the establishment of Pian della Vite came the vision to produce a Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva in a soft engaging style that could arrive in the market at a more popular price. The name Soluve was chosen for these wines. By using younger vines, older barriques and increasing the percentage of Merlot Alessandro was able to achieve his desired style. The wines express the warm cherry flavors of Sangiovese and soft fruit tannin without the stronger vanilla character of young oak. All Pian della Vite wines achieve excellent concentration by limiting yields through early debudding, canopy management and green harvest." - Importer
"Fattoria Viticcio in Tuscany has long been the darling of the Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazines. Although it has had years of great press and its wines are priced significantly below neighboring estates in Chianti Classico, their wines were still only available in five U.S. states. What they truly needed was somebody to get their message out on a national scale, and for this they sought out the team at Sherbrooke Cellars. The Landini family have some of the finest vineyard holdings in the famed Greve in Chianti area, and with the recent acquisition of an estate in Bolgheri, I Greppi, plus significant upgrades in the cellars and vineyards, they will prove to be an important winery to watch for years to come."
"Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini."
"The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment." - Importer
This wine was also rated 88 Points by Antonio Galloni / Vinous and 85 Points by the Wine Spectator.