TENUTA DI LILLIANO-TUSCANY (Castellina in Chianti)
"Castellina in Chianti is one of the highest points in all of Chianti Classico. At more than 2000 feet above sea level the sense of a balcony over the entire appellation could not be stronger. The eye ranges all the way to Poggiobonsi and well beyond as though searching to rejoin the sea. The beauty is uncanny and magical. The township sprawls over a large territory with a series of altitudes. A large number of these sites are entirely capable of producing wines of character and finesse. This lengthy descent, a constant downward sloping, brings altitudes to a perfect level for Sangiovese, and the southwest exposures, along with the protection from the cold and wind offered by the upper slopes give Sangiovese rare purity and expressiveness.The property has belonged to the Ruspoli family for close to a century.The wines which began to be bottled in the late 1950's have always been an important presence in national and international markets. Legendary oenologist Guilio Gambelli was long in charge of the winemaking. His place has now been ably assumed by Lorenzo Landi. Lorenzo has maintained Guilio vision of maintaining a real sense of place and tradition in the wines."DT
"Sangiovese from Castellina in Chianti--generous yet elegant--finds its most intriguing apotheosis in the wines from the traditional Chianti Classico Tenuta di Lilliano operation. These wines display a clearly delineated style that foregrounds balance and elegance. Aromatics are generally subtle and crisply defined while the follow-through on the palate exhibits flavour, contrast, grip, and finesse. Never are these sensations overshadowed by excessive use of oak. In fact, the range may be among the best coming out of the designation at the present time."-Gambero Rosso 2013
2015 Chianti Classico DOCG/ 2-Bicchieri Gambero: Rosso Sangiovese,Colorino del Valdarno,and Canaiolo. This is traditional, old school Chianti Classico. Stored in cement tanks then aged in medium sized Slovenian barrels. Sour cherry drop with wild herbs and a backbone of minerality .
2014 Chianti Classico Reserva DOCG/ 2-Rosso Bicchieri GR."Very good more open on the nose,with assertive subtle aromas,dynamic,broad and deep on the palate. ."