San Giusto a Rentennano, IGT Toscana “Percarlo”, 2015

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San Giusto a Rentennano

Tuscany: the land of hills, olive groves, and wine. And above all other wines, Chianti Classico.

Chianti, you may know, is not a tiny region. The best Chiantis, though, are from Chianti Classico, the communes spread out between Florence and Siena and over which these two city-states warred for centuries (oh, how we're glad not to be 17th-century peasants!).

In our fantasy, these wines are hand made by artisans working with old, organic methods. That fantasy is hardly the rule. But all of these wonderful things come together at San Giusto a Rentennano. If you visit the estate you may be invited to taste in an old wooden barn. The walls are lined with ancient tools and drying herbs hang from the ceiling. The glasses sit on an ancient table and as you taste it becomes impossible to tell what century you are in.

San Giusto is in Chianti Classico's southern commune of Gaiole. Gaiole makes the region's most structured wines. The family grows olives, Sangiovese, and a little Canaiolo. (They also grow a dash of Merlot for their supertuscan, "La Ricolma," a too-rare example of French grapes making great wine in the Chianti). They farm everything organically and by hand. Their top bottling, Percarlo, is famous—especially in Europe, where it is regarded as one of Italy's very greatest wines. It is less known here, for no good reason at all.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 98
"The 2015 Percarlo, the estate's 100% Sangiovese, towers in the glass with huge, dark fruit to match its powerful, vertical structure. Ample and expansive on the palate, with huge textural depth, the 2015 is a total stunner. The darker, more muscular side of Sangiovese emerges in this gorgeous, absolutely stunning wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice and smoke overtones fill out the wine's big frame effortlessly. Proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala aged the 2015 in a combination of cask and tonneau. The 2015 Percarlo is a riveting wine readers will not want to miss."

Robert Parker

RP 97
"The 2015 Percarlo is a sassy and bright wine with great purity and definition. This is the full package for all you Sangiovese lovers out there. The wine is round and slightly soft in the middle, owing a lot to that 2015 sunshine. A deeply etched and sophisticated expression, the Percarlo takes a little while to open in the glass: This review is based on my impressions from two tasting, one right after the bottle was opened and a second about 12 hours later. Ultimately, the wine presented a 360-degree perspective onto Sangiovese, with the freshness, the softness and the succulence that you are looking for in the grape and plenty of those variety-pure aromas of purple berry, wild rose and tilled earth. The way the wine impacts the palate is of particular interest because you get fullness and extraction that is all magically rendered light and buoyant thanks to that crisp acidity." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 95
"Rich, with black currant, plum, iron, earth, tobacco and tar aromas and flavors, backed by vibrant acidity and fine tannins. This leaves plenty of room for the flavors to stretch out. Harmonious, with the potential to age. *Highly Recommended*"


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