2013 Le Filigare "Lorenzo" Chianti Classico (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1286771 93 points James Suckling

 Very fine and pretty with a balance and refinement delivering light chocolate and blueberry character. Medium body, super silky and a long finish. Cool single vineyard wine.  (8/2016)

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2017 | Send Email
Le Filigare is definitely among the cream of the crop in Chianti and the 2013 "Lorenzo" reminds us why. It offers complexity, depth, rich fruit, balanced acidity, fine integrated tannins and freshness to boot. It's delicious from start to finish with just a hint of new oak that never intrudes. The "Lorenzo" is one of the best Chiantis I've tasted in some time.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
In this wine you will find black cherries, plum with minerals and a touch of chestnuts on the finish. Medium-bodied with soft tannins, this is a very user-friendly Chianti that will show well with the pizza and pasta.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
What a delightful full-bodied Chianti that has all the richness of dark cherry but never loses its wonderful focus! It's bright and has great length, freshness and purity of perfectly ripened Sangiovese. Delicious and approachable wine to enjoy it on its own, but it will also complement any grilled meats or pecorino cheese.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
If you are newer to Tuscan wines, this Chianti Classico is a great place to start. The riper, fuller vintage of 2013 shows beautifully in the fleshy, juicy fruit of this balanced wine. The dusty tannins and active acidity gracefully lead into a beautiful deep plum finish. A perfect pairing for grilled summer meats!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
Le Filigare is just a little west of Panzano in San Donato in Poggio, the center-western portion of Chianti Classico. From the moment I put my nose in the glass this wine just exploded, ripe wild cherry, spice, bits of earth but all couched in a inviting sweetness that makes you want to taste it! On the palate that sweet luxurious nature slides across your palate but then…what’s that structure, balance, focus…wow, what a combination. The palate flavors are a complex fruit compote laced with violet and lilac with hints of sage that all play out toward the finish. The Lorenzo is 100% Sangiovese; it shows the ripeness of the 2013 vintage but is exceptionally balanced, long, long finish, you’re going to love it!
Drink from 2017 to 2025

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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.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.