Friday Sips


Chianti Classico Friday Sips
Today, March 15 from 1:30 - 6:30
Three delicious Chianti Classico wines presented from the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages


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2015 IL MOLINO DI GRACE
CHIANTI CLASSICO
$17.99 BTL./$107.94 - SIX PACK

From Panzano in the northern sector of the Chianti Classico zone, Il Molino di Grace is one of Chianti's hidden treasures and values. Alas, these wines are now being discovered, but their appeal still is amazing, especially because they have so much drink-worthy appeal and can age well, too.

2015 is a great Tuscan vintage and this one has taken full advantage of the splendor with subdued aromas of pomegranate, bing cherry, anisette, dried violets, sage, mineral and camphor. The single most impressive thing about this red is that the deep aromas present on the nose are echoed in the mouth, making it a truly deliciously and incredibly honest bottle of Tuscan red. Have this versatile Chianti with grilled or fried seafood dishes, hearty Bolognese and Reggiano. A great one to have around the house for any occasion, as it shows like filet mignon for ground beef prices. Drink over the next 6-8 years.



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2015 ISOLE E OLENA
CHIANTI CLASSICO
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Located in Barberino Val D’Elsa and on the same street as two other luminaries, Castello di Monsanto and Paneretta, Isole e Olena is one of the most influential and prominenet when it comes to modern day Tuscan wines. Isole e Olena is comprised of two farms, “Isole” and “Olena”, purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s but the wines did not really achieve greatness until Paolo De Marchi took over in the 80s. His attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery was the driving force that turned the quality around and it is that commitment that has Paolo considered one of the world's great winemakers.

As usual, the inspired 2015 is elegant, almost sultry in style and full of juicy cherry, cranberry, racy red fruit and teeming with savory Tuscan spices. An abundance of material combined with a drawn out finish make for an excellent Chianti experience. Enjoy this traditionally made Chianti with Tuscan fare like pappardelle with a meat sugo sauce as well as roasted lamb with Italian herbs. Drink over the next decade and probably beyond.



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2016 FATTORIA DI FELSINA
CHIANTI CLASSICO 'BERARDENGA'
$26.99 BTL./$323.88 CASE

Fattoria di Felsina is one of the greatest and most profound of all Tuscan and Chianti properties. The style here is one of power due to prime plots in the southern area of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Felsina first gained fame for doing away with the lesser quality varietals of Chianti and bottling 100% Sangiovese wines in the 80s when it was still illegal to do so. Many consider this as both innovative and maverick, but we consider it genius because over the last 30+ years, Felsina is undoubtedly one of our favorite and greatest Chianti producers.

The 2016 is what top-level Chianti is all about! Super-stylish, Felsina's Berardenga Chianti Classico has a brilliant tonality and fascinating development on the nose. Lovely fruited fragrances of blackcurrant and blueberry emerge first, nicely infused with minty balsam and tobacco. The entry is thrilling in its perfection, calmly developing supple structure, well-gauged extract and an ending finish that prompts a satisfied sigh….Very lovely now and will continue to drink beautifully for 15 years.






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