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2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole

$34.99
2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole
A historical estate once a monastery for nuns turned fortress by the Florentines in 1204 after a treaty with Siena, San Guisto a Rentennano has a storied history. However, it wasn't until much later, when in 1914, when the Martini di Cigala family acquired the estate through marriage, that they would begin to think about making wine. In 1992 it was inherited by Enrico Martini di Cigala's nine children, who hold the reigns to the estate this very day. This is a rather large estate, covering 160 hectares of land with forests, olive groves, grazing lands, with 31 hectares dedicated to vines. The vines here are organic and planted on various soils, including sand, clay, lime, alkali, argil, and calcium, which brings different characteristics of minerality and complexity to the finished products. The team will carry out leaf thinning and green harvesting to ensure uniform ripeness and to keep yields under control for higher quality wine. Le Baroncole is a blend of 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo, a grape native to Tuscany. It is treated the same way as the Chianti Classico initially, fermented with native yeasts in concrete and stainless steel vats with punch-downs and pump-overs. After racking, the skins are gently pressed, and that juice is then added to the wine. Le Baroncole is aged in French oak instead of Tonneaux like the Chianti Classico and goes through malolactic fermentation by heating the cellar room. Finding the winner between 2017 and 2018 is a challenge. Both are fantastic and detailed examples of what Chianti is capable of, with the 2017s having a bit more concentration and 2018 an edge in acidity. Le Baroncole is always one of the show stoppers, and at this low pricing, a fantastic buy for the category. Nice note by both Galloni and Larner below; these are two not-to-miss wines.
Wine Advocate (Moinica Larner) 94 points! "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole (made from a traditional blend of organic 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo) shows a distinctively Mediterranean or Italian personality with plenty of summer-fresh cherry, rosemary essence and lavender bud. This wine marks a break from the other beautiful wines in this estate portfolio, thanks to its ethereal freshness and lifted brightness. It finishes with silky, polished tannins. The soils see a mix of galestro and alberese with tufo and clay characteristic of this warm spot in Gaiole in Chianti. Production is 17,262 bottles and 210 magnums."

Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole is a deep, enveloping wine that will drink well with minimal cellar. Dark cherry and plum fruit open first, giving the wine tons of immediacy. The French oak, which was once a bit dominant in this bottling, is beautifully integrated. Lavender, spice, leather and dried herbs add attractive aromatic top notes with aeration. The 2018 is one of the finest editions of the Baroncole I can remember tasting."

2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole

2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole

$34.99
$34.99

A historical estate once a monastery for nuns turned fortress by the Florentines in 1204 after a treaty with Siena, San Guisto a Rentennano has a storied history. However, it wasn't until much later, when in 1914, when the Martini di Cigala family acquired the estate through marriage, that they would begin to think about making wine. In 1992 it was inherited by Enrico Martini di Cigala's nine children, who hold the reigns to the estate this very day. This is a rather large estate, covering 160 hectares of land with forests, olive groves, grazing lands, with 31 hectares dedicated to vines. The vines here are organic and planted on various soils, including sand, clay, lime, alkali, argil, and calcium, which brings different characteristics of minerality and complexity to the finished products. The team will carry out leaf thinning and green harvesting to ensure uniform ripeness and to keep yields under control for higher quality wine. Le Baroncole is a blend of 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo, a grape native to Tuscany. It is treated the same way as the Chianti Classico initially, fermented with native yeasts in concrete and stainless steel vats with punch-downs and pump-overs. After racking, the skins are gently pressed, and that juice is then added to the wine. Le Baroncole is aged in French oak instead of Tonneaux like the Chianti Classico and goes through malolactic fermentation by heating the cellar room. Finding the winner between 2017 and 2018 is a challenge. Both are fantastic and detailed examples of what Chianti is capable of, with the 2017s having a bit more concentration and 2018 an edge in acidity. Le Baroncole is always one of the show stoppers, and at this low pricing, a fantastic buy for the category. Nice note by both Galloni and Larner below; these are two not-to-miss wines.
Wine Advocate (Moinica Larner) 94 points! "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole (made from a traditional blend of organic 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo) shows a distinctively Mediterranean or Italian personality with plenty of summer-fresh cherry, rosemary essence and lavender bud. This wine marks a break from the other beautiful wines in this estate portfolio, thanks to its ethereal freshness and lifted brightness. It finishes with silky, polished tannins. The soils see a mix of galestro and alberese with tufo and clay characteristic of this warm spot in Gaiole in Chianti. Production is 17,262 bottles and 210 magnums."

Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole is a deep, enveloping wine that will drink well with minimal cellar. Dark cherry and plum fruit open first, giving the wine tons of immediacy. The French oak, which was once a bit dominant in this bottling, is beautifully integrated. Lavender, spice, leather and dried herbs add attractive aromatic top notes with aeration. The 2018 is one of the finest editions of the Baroncole I can remember tasting."