Gagliole Valletta 2014
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Item Number: 25406
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Item Number: 25406
Vinous Media 93
"Another impressive wine, the 2014 Valletta takes the best of the estate's Sangiovese and Merlot from both the Castellina and Panzano properties. Dark, pliant and expressive, the 2014 offers unusual richness for the vintage. Silky tannins add to the wine's creamy, textured personality. The 2014 is forward and fruit-driven in style, with impeccable balance. A kick of acidity on the finish rounds things out nicely."~A.G.
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2014 Valletta is a 50/50 blend of Sangiovese from vineyards in Castellina and Merlot from Panzano. The blend is aged in oak for 18 months. This is a beautiful wine with generous fruit tones. Cherry and dried raspberry are protagonists and the wine is further fleshed out by savory touches of spice and cured leather. The primary fruit is given ample room to shine through and the mouthfeel is linear and fresh.
Swiss-born Monika Bettschart and Thomas Bär moved to Chianti Classico in the early 1990s, and today the couple farms two sites in Castellina and Panzano respectively. Vineyards in the Panzano sub zone are located in the celebrated Conca d'Oro site. This property, called La Valletta, also includes luxury accommodations in a beautifully restored stone farmhouse set among cypress trees and vineyards. I tasted these wines with Mr. Bär in Rome and was impressed by the unexpected balance of the two wines from the difficult 2014 vintage (a Sangiovese/Merlot and Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend respectively). However, the highlight of the tasting was the single-vineyard 2013 Pecchia that shows Sangiovese from Panzano in all its glory."~M.L.
James Suckling 91
"A savory and spicy red with plenty of ripe fruit plus cedar and dried cherry character. Medium body, fresh finish. Delicious wine for the vintage. Drink now or hold."~J.S.
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