Rosso di Toscana "Le Trame", Podere Le Boncie 2017 $53 Giovanna Morganti remains one of Chianti's best kept secrets, especially now that she chooses to operate outside of the DOC. Her tiny farm is in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone, where she farms biodynamically and does everything herself. This is 90% Sangiovese with the rest being a blend of Colorino, Mammolo, Ciliegiolo and Foglia Tonda, destemmed and wild fermented in open topped barrels, then aged in a mix of old Slavonian and Austrian oak for 2 years before getting bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur added. Perfectly medium bodied with vibrant red cherry fruit and wild herbs. Beautiful and singular.
Brunello di Montalcino, La Torre 2015 $60 Reference point Brunello from a stellar vintage. Luigi Anania took over from his father Giuseppe who started the winery in 1976 in the commune of La Sesta with the highest elevation vineyards in Montalcino and from the start they have worked naturally in the vineyards and the cellar. This is Sangiovese Grosso from a few plots ranging in age from 20-45 years old that have never seen chemicals. All hand harvested and wild fermented, then aged for 42 months in large Slavonian oak with a small amount in used French Barrique, then bottled unfiltered with basically no sulfur added (20mg/l for our fellow nerds). Deeper darker cherries than the Le Trame with earthy leather notes. Absolutely classic in every way.