“This is a solid set of red wines from Viticcio.” – Wine Advocate # 196, Aug 2011
Fattoria Viticcio in Tuscany has long been the darling of the Wine Spectator and Wine & Spirits magazines. Although it has had years of great press and its wines are priced significantly below neighboring estates in Chianti Classico, their wines were still only available in five U.S. states. What they truly needed was somebody to get their message out on a national scale, and for this they sought out the team at Sherbrooke Cellars. The Landini family have some of the finest vineyard holdings in the famed Greve in Chianti area, and with the recent acquisition of an estate in Bolgheri, I Greppi, plus significant upgrades in the cellars and vineyards, they will prove to be an important winery to watch for years to come.
Founded in 1960 by Lucio and Franca Landini, the Viticcio Estate still stands above the picturesque town of Greve, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Their focus is to produce high-quality wines worthy of an international clientele while at the same time respecting the traditions and viticulture of the region. This focus remains the same today under the direction of the second generation, Alessandro Landini.
The estate comprises more than 30 hectares of vines, all of which are farmed organically. Additionally, seven of those hectares are farmed biodynamically. Alessandro strongly believes that in order to produce high-quality wines you must first respect the land in which the vines are planted. To this end he uses no pesticides in his vineyards and fertilizes by planting things such as fava beans and barley between the rows of vines, allowing them to flower, and then plowing them back into the soil to add important nutrients. A handful of wines see some time in the smaller barriques, but the large majority is aged in large botti. The wines of Viticcio represent an important combination of traditional, time-honored techniques with modern-day technology and respect for the environment.
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Viticcio Vermentino Greppico 2012
Bere IGT 2009
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Chianti Classico 2009
Aromas of dark berries and cherries, with hints of spices. Full body, with velvety tannins and lots of plums and chocolate character. Lovely soft texture. Drink now.
92 points, James Suckling, August 2011
Bright, medium ruby-red. Refined aromas of blackberry, black cherry, lead pencil and espresso. Thick and impressively concentrated, but also shows lovely clarity to its dark berry and cherry flavors thanks to firm acidity. Finishes sweet, lush and long, with ripe tannins and a lingering black pepper nuance.
90 Points, International Wine Cellar, September 2012
The 2009 Chianti Classico is gorgeous. An open, warm bouquet leads to sweet red fruit, crushed flowers and spices in this radiant Chianti Classico. The wine shows plenty of inner perfume through to the round, harmonious finish.”
Wine Advocate # 196, August 2011
A tasty mix of cherry, spice and tobacco notes, with a touch of rhubarb. There’s moderate grip and a firm finish. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 cases imported.
Wine Spectator, October 2011
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Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
Soft fruits, currants, black cherry and spicy notes. Firm on the palate, very full, red fruit and spices with dense and even tannins that allow a smooth and balanced finish. Very well integrated oak with the fruit.
A 5 star vintage with perfect conditions during the entire season from blooming to harvest. August and September were warm and sunny with cool temperatures at night to develop elegant color and fruit. The grapes were in perfect health.
Blueberry and fresh mushrooms with hints of flowers on the nose. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful finish. This is a joy to taste. Drink now.
94 Points, James Suckling, October 2012
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Chianti Classico Riserva Beatrice 2009
Deep ruby red. Mature and well-calibrated aromas of red fruit, floral notes of violet, rose, and sweet violet, counterpoints of aniseed candy, cherry, peel of black fig, sweet tobacco, pepper, and chocolate. Intense and perfectly balanced with smooth tannins. Long finish.
The chocolate, cherry and hazelnuts come through beautifully in this velvety and delicious red. Generous. Drink now or hold.
93 Points, James Suckling, October 2012
The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Beatrice emerges from the glass with dark red cherries, sweet herbs, licorice and tobacco. The Beatrice is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives the wine much of its tannic spine and overall structure.
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This full-throttle Sangiovese has attractive berry, chocolate and lemon undertones, with notes of raisin. Full-bodied, with lots of oak and fruit. Needs time to come together. Best after 2011. 1,165 cases made. –JS
92 points, Wine Spectator, 10/31/10
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The first vintage for Monile (jewel) was 1988. It was composed from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese Grosso. The composition remained the same until 2000.Although Monile is satisfying to drink when young it has the tannic structure to last for decades.
A very ripe, almost New World style, offering big, chewy tannins and dried dark fruits, with treacle tart and raisin notes. Full-bodied. Needs time to mellow. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2012. 750 cases made. –JS
94 points, Wine Spectator, 10/31/10
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (80 percent) enriched by merlot, this wine has persistent fruit aroma layers red, green, blue and purple berries in the middle, deepening to blackberries in the end. It packs a lot of complexity into a tart and compact frame, a young wine with intensity and drive.
93 points, Wine & Spirits Year’s Best, April 2011
The 2007 Monile (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot) is a touch softer than the 2008. Layers of dark fruit, spices, leather and licorice open up onto the palate in this rich, textured wine. The 2007 possesses lovely density and a round, enveloping finish.
89 points, Wine Advocate # 196, August 2011
Vin Santo Dolce Arianna 2005
A gift from Fattoria Viticcio, this dessert wine is blended from old vine Trebbiano, Malvasia and Canaiolo. Aged in small casks for 10-12 years, it experiences gentle oxidation that creates a nutty bouquet, reminiscent of the great Spanish sherries. This sweet and complex wine is best paired with cheese, dried fruits, nuts, or desserts that are not too sweet like biscotti or dry scones.
Brunello di Montalcino Nicale 2007
A beautiful red with seamless tannins and juicy berry, plum and cedar character with cocoa undertones. Long and very pretty. Drink now or hold.
92 Points, James Suckling