Friday Sips


FRIDAY SIPS
Chianti Classico from Fattoria di Petroio
Special Guest, Petroio owner Pamela Lenzi
Today September 28
3:30 - 6:30 (note later start time)
Drop by for our annual Friday Sips Tasting of Fattoria di Petroio wines. This year we have the Petroio matriarch, Pamela Lenzi (Diana is harvesting) on hand to pour and discuss a lineup of five delicious wines (including new Gran Selezione and PocoRosso) as well as to sign bottles.


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2014 FATTORIA DI PETROIO
CHIANTI CLASSICO
$13.99 BTL./$83.94 - SIX PACK

In what is becoming a sleeper vintage from the best producers, Pamela’s daughter Diana made a fine and successful Chianti due to the fact that she produced very little Riserva. Translation is that there is excellent, well-sorted fruit in this offering that really punches above its weight class and the wine merits your attention.

Has this ever filled in nicely since the last time we tasted it! Savory, Tuscan scents combine red and a tinge of black cherry, briar, sage and pepper lead into a harmonious, forward texture that conveys openness and is very gracious. Finishing suave, velvety and high-toned, this classy Chianti will pair beautifully with grilled sausages, roasted pork or even heartier fish dishes.



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2015 FATTORIA DI PETROIO
CHIANTI CLASSICO
$16.99 BTL./$101.94 - SIX PACK

2015 is a completely different wine than the previous 2014 and really shows off the grandness of this exciting vintage.

The nose of this wine is all about the wonderful roasted herbs of Tuscany, enhanced beautifully by violet, cherry, mint, dusty earth and plum pit. Ripe bing cherry flavors dominate the palate with spice and fine grained tannins adding beautiful structure. This wine is pure, well detailed and extending beyond what any 17 buck Chianti should offer. Drink with fresh pappardelle pasta with braised meats and sautéed beet greens.



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2013 FATTORIA DI PETROIO
CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA
$31.99 BTL./$191.94 - SIX PACK

One of the things we love most about Petroio's wines is that Riserva actually means something and isn't merely a tag thrown on to the label and done with the minimum requirements. Lots of love and aging goes into this wine, 12 months in 500-liter tonneaux followed by another 24 in large, 2500-liter barrels.

The 2013 is a truly fine and elegant bottle of wine that has substantial structure and the finesse and balance to go the distance. Engaging aromas of dark chocolate, tobacco, toffee and leather peek in and mingle gracefully with smoked plum, roasted herbs, violets and licorice. Right now, this Chianti presents an ultra-complex array of aromas that are seamlessly echoed in the mouth, which reflect meticulous care in both the vineyard and winery. A delectable choice for a grilled steak now, however this wine does age beautifully. Drink through 2026+.

LARGE FORMAT BOTTLES AVAILABLE:
MAGNUMS - $65.99, 3 LITER - $130.00, 5 LITER - $195.00



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2015 FATTORIA DI PETROIO
CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE
PRE-SELL - $39.99 BTL./$239.94 - SIX PK.

I have one bottle of the Gran Selezione to sample out today, so if you want to taste this new masterpiece from Petroio, come on the early side. Commencing with the 2010 vintage, the vaunted and prestigious Gran Selezione classification, which tops the name ‘Riserva’ was created and five years on, we are seeing many prestigious bottles. For the first time, the Lenzis have made a small amount of this wonderful wine that is one of the finest that we have ever tasted from this excellent estate.

This is Grand Cru Sangiovese! One whiff of the focused, but wonderfully pure scents of wild flowers, sage, black cherry, and savory earth will have you reminiscing about your last visit to Tuscany or having you dream of your next visit. The suave and sultry depth and concentration carry nicely into the mouth as it offers up succulent, ripe and flavorful tones with superb focus and grip as well as finishing dark, spicy and long. If you wish to open a bottle, it won’t kill you but for best results drink 2020 – 2030.

PRE-ARRIVAL. WINES ORDERED ARE SLATED TO ARRIVE MID-OCTOBER



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2013 FATTORIA DI PETROIO
POCO ROSSO
$11.99 BTL./$71.94 - SIX PACK

‘This wine was born from the desire to offer a summer wine, keeping intact all of the characteristics of our Sangiovese. From our enological “slip” was born a new product, an IGT Rosso Toscano instead of a Toscana Rosato, because it doesn’t have a pinkish color but a “poco rosso” one.’ – Diana Lenzi

Okay, if we didn’t tell you this, you’d still think of it as Rose, however, unlike many Italian rose wines, this has character, depth and personality. Athletic, elevated with cherry pit, herbs and mineral. Quite brisk yet fills the palate to carry over to the table. Enjoy with heartier salads, green veggies, mussels and more.






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