Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Riserva "Le Lucciole"

2016

Le Lucciole is Chiara's Riserva. It's 100% Sangiovese sourced from a parcel of 0.8 hectares planted at a density of 5,500 vines per hectare, 250m above sea level. The vines are 20 years old. Harvest was on October 6th, 2016 at yields of 5,000kg/hl (35hl/ha). The grapes were partially destemmed; those that were destemmed were left whole-berry without crushing. Fermentation was spontaneous in open-top tronconic wood vats and tonneaux, without temperture control. Maceration lasted 45 days. Aging was in used Slavonian oak botti for two years and a year in bottle before release in September 2019. 4,000 750ml bottles and 298 1.5L bottles produced.

94 points
"Sourced from a small parcel within Chiara Condello's vineyard, which is unique for its east-facing exposition and poor soils, the incredibly elegant and refined 2016 Le Lucciole Riserva really leaves an impression. Here I'm finding a remarkably fresh and cool-toned expression, displaying dusty ripe cherry, smoke and sweet red florals, grounded by a hint of animal muskiness. On the palate, textures of pure silk release tart cherries brought to life by vibrant acids, as saline-minerals saturate the senses and hints of fine tannin add balance. The finish is long, displaying mineral laden bright red fruits, kept in motion by lingering acids, while hints of fine tannin persist in this classically structured Sangiovese. Elegance personified."
Eric Guido,
Vinous
, March 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0696-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Sangiovese
Farming Type: 
Organic