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Why do we love this wine?

I probably shouldn’t repeat what my gentle, good-natured sister Nicci said when she first tasted this, but I will - sorry mum. “Oh my god, that’s just a mouthful of f*cking delicious!” As always, she’s right. There was considerable conversation around the Tasting Bench, when we were trying this with its sibling, La Gioia. We recalled that one of the wines had aged for a couple of years in newer oak (albeit large barrels), while the other had mostly seen concrete. Full disclosure: I really wanted to like the concrete-aged one more.

Profile

Minerally
Plum
Redcurrant
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated

And you know what? I did. Give it a few years, and maybe it’ll be a different story. But for now, as Eddie the Wine Guy says, this wine’s ‘the complete package’. And - spoiler alert - this is the one that’s spent most of its short life in concrete. There’s all the cherry, tarry rose, fine licorice, spice and fruit weight you could ask for from a sangiovese, plus a richness to it that you’d swear come from some oak treatment, even when compared side-by side with its oaked sibling. The colour’s as light as the palate’s intense, with spicy acidity being ridden gleefully by glorious red fruits and just-sandy, rounded tannins. Refer back to what Nicci said. Buy for now or over the next five years. It’s too good to wait longer.

Awards

James Suckling
Golden Star Vini Buono D'Italia
"Grande Vino" Slow Wine 2018
Super 3 Stars I Vini di Veronelli 2018
Wine Nerd Stuff
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Specs

Region
Tuscany
Vintage
2013
Cellaring
2027
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
13.5%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Sangiovese
Serving Temp.
17.0°C

Tasting

From the producer

Producer

Riecine

Region

Tuscany
Food Union
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Goes with

Beef
Pizza
Rich Pasta