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Coltibuono Sangiovese Cancelli 2006

Winemaker: Maurizio Castelli, cellar master: Giampaolo Saccocci
Grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Syrah
Region: Tuscany, Italy

See other wines from this producer:
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Stucchi
Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti

This beautiful estate got its name (means “Abbey of the good harvest”) thanks to a very historic heritage. It is at least 1000 years old and the monks of Coltibuono, The Vallombrosan, may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese grape in Tuscany.

The monastery was active in agriculture from 1000 to around 1800, when Napoleon confiscated most of church properties in Tuscany. Some he gave away as political favors or to his friends, some he sold. When Stucchi family purchased it in 1841, there were only 3rd owner of the original estate.

Emanuela Stucchi, who runs it today with her siblings, is the 7th generation owner of the property. Their biggest goal is to nurture the land (most of their vineyards are organic, all of them are sustainably farmed) and make the best expression of Sangiovese and the unique terroire of Chianti Classico.

The grapes for “Cancelli” Rosso di Toscana were sourced from different vineyards. Wine was fermented in stainless steel to protect the youthfulness and freshness.

Tasting notes:
Purple-red color with rich aroma of cherries, spices and wild flowers. Cancelli opens up on the palate into mellow and slightly spicy flavors of red berries and cherries. Great balance of acidity. Even without the support of oak the wine stands firmly on its own.

Very satisfying long finish. Best to drink when young, but has potential to improve when kept for couple of years. No wonder it was repeatedly awarded as a terrific value or best buy by prestigious wine magazines.

This vintage was selected as Best value by both WS and WA

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 10.00 !!

Ideal food pairing:
Great match to any Italian dishes or tomato based sauces, Vermicelli con Melanzana, Ratatouille, My traditional lasagna and many more

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