2011LeCinciole2011 Podere Le Cinciole, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy.
Le Cinciole from Panzano in Chianti, near historic Greve, makes a smooth and elegant style Classico with stylish flourish, especially good is their 2011 vintage, a warm year that blessed the region with ripe tannins and lush textures. Organic and rustic by nature Le Cinciole breathes tradition and charm, and this Chianti Classico 2011 is full of character, terroir and detail with a graceful density, this is a pleasing and wonderful Sangiovese that balances sweet fruit and savory earthiness to perfection. The start is dried roses, minty herbs, porcini and wild berries leading to a medium weight palate of raspberry, cherry, strawberry and dusty plum fruits along with fine cut tobacco, cedar and anise. This light ruby hued red is full of flavor and has subtle complexity that extends and expands, but allows simple enjoyment and it certainly makes for a terrific companion to food, it has 14%, but still very vibrant, focused and plays well with Italian or California cuisine. I must say, after a full Tuscan tasting including some serious Brunello and higher priced wines, this looked even better, this is not a flashy or sexy wine, but not a wallflower either, especially at this price it delivers everything you’d expect and a bit more, this is a fine estate effort that is a super value, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, best from 2016 to 2019.
($22 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive

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