2013 Chianti Classico Riserva 'Fanatico' DOCG, Villa Trasqua, Tuscany, Italy


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All stock arriving week beginning 12th October.

At a tasting last night Villa Trasqua shone. A thousand-year-old Tuscan estate (4th April 1001, to be precise!) absolutely kicked the boots off other younger estates and presented three grown-up, sexy wines from mature vintages at rocking prices.
This is largely down to winemaker Franco Bernabei. As one of the top oenologists in Tuscany his credentials include long stints controlling Banfi and Fontodi, including the creation of the superb Flacianello. At Villa Trasqua, he has had healthy investment from the new owners plus 90 y.o. organic, sustainably farmed Sangiovese vines to work with. The results were delicious in a modern, approachable style which managed to still show off traditional Chianti fruit and style. Overall, these struck me as an archetype of Italian wines – finely engineered to an ancient design.
Nicely, they have all been held back some years from production, allowing the oaking to integrate seamlessly into the body and the wine to achieve an almost perfect silkiness. The mouthfeel across the range was superb, elegant yet full of power and verve.
Above all, being relatively unknown in the UK – the pricing is seriously sharp. Excellent on the dinner table in the Autumnal weather we are just seeing today or sipped just by themselves, I am thrilled to add these to our shelves and recommend you indulge yourself with a case (or two!)

2013 Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG ‘Fanatico’
Sangiovese 92%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Merlot 3%
Again, a combination of the older and younger vines of the estate using a higher proportion of the older vines. Rich and plush on the palette. The Cabernet Franc adds a greener, structured note to the crisp fruit of the Sangiovese. Sweet with elegant fruity notes of black cherries, blackberries, cassis and mulberries, spicy vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. An intensely dynamic wine with fine tannins that strengthen and lengthen the sip, without weighting down the structure. A superb finish of the same sweet cherries with spicy notes of liquorice on top. This is fantastic Chianti Classico Riserva and will drink happily for five years and beyond.

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