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I have sold out of this lovely wine - but I hope to have a later vintage soon...
The vineyards of Fattoria di Sammontana have alluvial soil and are located along the hills that border the Arno River in the Colli Fiorentini, 20km to the south west of Florence. Over 100 years ago Polish nobleman Michele Dzieduszycki moved his family from the imperial court of Vienna to Tuscany - and started making wine. Andrea, the fourth generation winemaker, has been implementing changes. The Chianti was certified organic from the 2012 harvest and the Fattoria is using some biodynamic practices in the vineyards.
Their ethos of minimum intervention continues in the winery which "allows our wines to fully express the characteristics of our 'terroir' and of the personality of our grapes."
I added this second Chianti, a Chianti DOCG, which is a different style from the Chianti Classico DOCG. Non-classico Chianti is more fruit-forward and an easy-to-drink style. They use the same blend of grapes Sangiovese Toscano and Caniolo Nero, though 90% and 10% here. Canaiolo brings perfume and softens the Sangiovese a little.
Unlike many Chiantis this wine has not been oak aged which means it retains the fruit flavours and aromas. The wine is naturally fermented and aged in concrete tanks for 6 to 8 months and aged in bottle for 3 months before release. It’s a great example of the style: a young, early drinking Chianti, elegant and fresh with clean crunchy fruit and soft tannins.
Usually Chianti is best consumed with food but as the tannins are light and the acidity and fruit flavours high you could drink this without food. Recommended to drink with lamb, game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, pizza and tomato-based dishes - think Italian!
"The most typical and traditional wine of the estate. The blend consists of Sangiovese and Canaiolo. This is a classic young Chianti: fresh and lively, light to medium bodied. Organic and biodynamic viticulture."
Fruity Chianti with mouth-watering acidity and typical Sangiovese sour cherry flavours. ...a delicious wine. It's made organically & biodynamically and is suitable for vegans & vegetarians