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By Kerry Winslow

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2007 La Spinetta “Casanova” Chianti Reserva, Terricciola, Tuscany, Italy.
Giorgio Rivetti’s La Spinetta in Tuscany continues to impress and his latest release, the Chianti Reserva is a beautiful and elegantly styled wine that shows terroir and vintage perfectly. This Sangiovese gem has medium weight and lush textures with a long smooth finish, it all begins with flowers and sweet herbs in the nose with a heady mix of red and black fruits, earth and mineral tones. The subtle wood and tangy acidity make this Chianti wonderful with food and less showy than past efforts, though no one would ever be disappointed but popping the cork on this wine. The bright berry, strawberry and savory currant lead the fruit layers and tobacco leaf, lavender and truffle notes add complexities to this fine effort from a world class producer. Drink over the next 3 to 5 years and enjoy the graceful balance and pure Tuscan flavors.
($40 Est.) 92-93 Points, grapelive

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