2011 Riecine "Riecine" Toscana

SKU #1251055 97 points James Suckling

 You can smell the potential and structure to this wine with dried mushroom, bark, dried cherry and berry aromas. Full body, firm and chewy tannins, yet this turns soft and fresh. Succulent and beautiful. A drink-me wine. This is foot todden before undergoing a long period of maceration and 2 1/2 years in old oak casks and barrels. Better in 2017 but a fabulous wine already. Pure Sangiovese.  (8/2015)

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100% Sangiovese from one of Chianti Classico's classic estates.

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
Riecine's "Riecine di Riecine" is meant to be the finest possible expression of Sangiovese from the best of the estate's vineyards. Long-time winemaker Sean O'Callahan has masterfully crafted this flavor packed gem that offers up mouth-filling spiced cherry fruit with soft tannins, mild acidity and a hint of oak spicing. It's wonderful now and won't last long in the cellar once you've had the opportunity to taste it.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Dark, juicy, vibrant with beautiful earth. My mouth watered right away with the ripe purple and blue fruit and fresh acidity. The wine then showed beautiful umami flavors with dry spice that lasted long on the finish. Delicious wine that doesn't need any aging to enjoy!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Greg & I tasted this last year at the winery and I have been waiting its arrival ever since. This wine is 100% Sangiovese and a small marvel of class and power, especially when the vintage is taken into account. There is wonderful richness of fruit, which melds beautifully with the aristocratic oak, giving spicy scents which come through on the palate with Tuscan dust and soft tannins and its long and lingering finish. Full-bodied and very user friendly, buy a couple the first bottle will empty quickly.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2016 | Send Email
I’ve always loved Riecine but it wasn’t until last year that I actually visited the winery. During the visit we tasted the 2011 Riecine, Riecine… its classic 100% Sangiovese nose is full of cherry, earth, spice, and on the palate the wine has depth, richness and lots of length. The flavors just resonate across your tongue, vibrant, warm and richening, slowly you see a bit of tannic structure in the back end but all in balance. The finish is superlative, long, lifting and thoroughly enchanting.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5