2010 Tenuta di Valgiano, Colline Lucchesi Rosso, Tuscany

2010 Tenuta di Valgiano, Colline Lucchesi Rosso, Tuscany

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2010 Tenuta di Valgiano, Colline Lucchesi Rosso, Tuscany

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Stunningly located atop a limestone knoll overlooking Lucca, backed by a 900 metre Apennine mountain providing water and ventilation, Tenuta di Valgiano captures the grandeur of the former French protectorate. Lucca was once a mecca for silk merchants, who in turn invested their wealth in fine estates. Revived by Laura and Moreno in 1993, this is their top wine: a fabulously elegant, silky, blend of mainly old vine Sangiovese, along with some Merlot and Syrah. The nose is deliciously clean and bright articulated with raspberry, herbal crunch; Sangiovese’s nobility in ascendancy. Gorgeously vivid and racy, full yet so delicate and juicy; such an exciting wine; the 13% abv so refreshing. Their best wine yet?
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Antonio Galloni, Vinous94
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Antonio Galloni, Vinous94
The 2010 Tenuta di Valgiano is one of the most interesting wines I have ever tasted from the property. Graceful, elegant and impeccably refined, the 2010 flows across the palate full of subtlety and finesse. Dried rose petals, raspberries and mint are some of the many overtones that are layered into the hugely attractive finish. Simply put, the 2010 is a winner. The Tenuta is mostly Sangiovese with dollops of other varieties added into the blend.
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This estate overlooking the Italian town of Lucca was restored in the late 1990s by Laura di Collobiano and her husband, Moreno Petrini. Although made from 100% Sangiovese, the wine sits outside the Chianti region. It has elegance, juiciness, purity and a vibrant acidity.
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About this WINE

Valgiano, Tuscany

Valgiano, Tuscany

Since the 1990s, the team of Laura di Collobiano, Moreno Petrini & winemaker/viticulturalist Saverio Petrilli have breathed new life into this stunning 16th century Tuscan estate, Valgiano.

As part of the Colline Lucchesi DOC overlooking Lucca, Valgiano is blessed with a mix of both limestone & sandstone soils, near perfect aspect, & a constant stream of bristlingly-pure water which spills off Monte Barbona rising nearly a 1000 metres above them.

This near perfect terroir encouraged Valgiano to convert to organic viticulture in 1997 & to biodynamics in 2002. Traditional methods are used in the cellar, employing a mix of stainless-steel & french oak, while technological interference is kept to a minimum.

The objective is to produce, in the simplest possible way, wines that are an expression of the place in which they are cultivated.

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Colline Lucchesi

Colline Lucchesi

Colline Lucchesi is a little-known, up-and-coming wine DOC region in Tuscany overlooking the celebrated city of Lucca with its vineyards nestled in the foothills of the Apennine mountains. Heavenly sites and fine limestone/sandstone soils have provided excellent conditions for viticulture here ever since Lucca owed its allegiance to France (during the early 19th century when it was governed by Napoleon's sister Elisa). 

Consequently, and unsurprisingly, French varietals, esp. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, regularly feature in its wines, as well as Sangiovesse. The dry Bianco is a blend made from Trebbiano Toscano (45-70%), any combination of Grechetto, Malvasia del Chianti and Vermentino (up to 45%), Chardonnay and/or Sauvignon (up to 30%), as well as from other permitted white varieties (up to 15%).

Recommended producer: Tenuta di Valgiano

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

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