Pietro Beconcini Chianti Riserva 2010



Winery :Pietro Beconcini

This winery was established in the 50s following a long period of share-cropping. These days, Leonardo Beconcini and his companion, Eva, are forging ahead with their first pure Sangiovese wine, a project they began in the 90s with the first results happening after the 1995 harvest. Their objectives: to acquire a deep understanding of the land that had previously be cultivated in an antiquated manner, choose two local Sangiovese clones and increase their Malvasia Nera, Sangiovese’s ever-faithful companion. Leonardo Beconcini also discovered an ancient variety of grape growing in his vineyards and managed to successfully revive it. This Tempranillo grape probably found its way to San Miniato thanks to Spanish pilgrims following the St. Francis trail which passed through the Beconcini property.

Location :San Miniato - Pisa - Tuscany

Name :D.O.C. Chianti Riserva

Grapes :85% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo

Alcohol :14 % Vol.

Vinification :More than forty years old, this vineyard is established on soil with a sandstone base and a significant presence of marine fossils dating back to Pilocene times (5 -2 million BC) mixed with clay. On arrival in the cellar, the grapes, still with their skins on, are left to ferment for 2 days with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks which is followed by 18 months aging in Slavonic barrels and a further 8 months in the bottle before being sold.

Tasting Notes :A brilliant ruby red with beautiful garnet reflections, the incredibly complex bouquet is one of fruit, flowers and spices reminiscent of violets, followed by sour cherries, plum and liquorice, that turn into notes of leather and coffee. On the palate it is silky yet robust, thin yet soft and dry yet beguiling, with a clean and satisfying finish.