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Chianti Classico 2010, Riserva, Le Miccine ($27.15, 11580135)
100% organically farmed Sangiovese (various clones). Manually harvested. Destemmed. Fermented seven to ten days followed by malolactic, all in stainless steel. Matured 18 months in 350-litre barrels and larger tonneaux, all French oak and reportedly not new (it certainly tastes that way). 13.5% ABV. Quebec agent: Avant-Garde.
Cherry and raspberry giving way to balsam, cedar, leather and a violet high note. Burgundian texture: silky sweet-ripe fruit, lithe acidity and supple tannins, though a light but pervasive astringency appears when you chew the wine and the long finish has a puckery, alum-like afterfeel. Not exactly deep but pure and elegant, delicious in its here-now way. Showed better – more fragrant, more complex, deeper – after an hour in the carafe. (Buy again? Sure.)

Le Miccine has received coverage in local media because the winemaker, Paula Cook, is from Quebec.  She studied agriculture at McGill and viticulture in France and Italy, then worked with Patrick Léon, erstwhile enologist at Mouton-Rothschild. Her father,  a former Rio Tinto Alcan exec, bought the estate as a retirement project. The 2010 is Cook’s first solo effort.

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Written by carswell

December 24, 2014 at 14:03

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