Podere Ciona Semifonte and Chianti Classico

Lorenzo Gatteschi was holding court, as we used to say, at my local wine club and store The Fine Wine Shop in Livonia, Michigan.  Lorenzo Gatteschi is not only the owner and winemaker of Podere Ciona from Gaiole in Chianti, but he is what we called a “Gentlemen of the Old School.”  He answers all of the questions, and I am sure some of the questions are repeated several times over the course of the day, when new tasters arrive at the allotted times.  While the shop is not large in area, the loyal followers and customers always make it work and have a great time, as they enjoy their wine tastings. 

The first red of the tasting was the Podere Ciona Semifonte Toscana IGT 2018.  This happens to be one of my favorites consistently from the winery as I think it offers a great bang for the buck, as we used to say when I was young.  The soil of the vineyards is a mix of sandstone, clay schist and marl. Depending on the vineyard the vines are between seven to eighteen years in age.  The wine is seventy-five percent Merlot and twenty-five percent Alicante Bouschet.  They still maintain hand harvesting and initial fermentation is in Stainless Steel for about ten days with extended post-fermentation maceration on the skins for about a month, followed by malolactic fermentation, and then aged in French Oak for about eighteen months, finally refined for twelve months in the bottle.  This light-ruby colored wine offered notes of red fruits and spices, and on the palate fresh fruit, soft tannins, and a velvety texture from the Merlot with a nice medium finish of fruit and terroir.

The next red and in fact, all the rest of the wines were reds, was the Podere Ciona Chianti Classico 2019.  Their winery is in one of the oldest parts of the Chianti region on a south-facing hill and the estate has thirteen acres of vineyards, two acres of olive groves and one-hundred acres of woodlands, plus assorted fruit trees, chickens, vegetable gardens and soon apiaries.  The Podere Ciona Chianti Classico 2019 is the winery’s basic Chianti wine and they still maintain their desire to only produce one bottle of wine per vine.  Depending on the vineyard the vines are between seven to eighteen years in age.  The wine is eighty-nine percent Sangiovese, nine percent Merlot and two percent Alicante Bouschet.  They still maintain hand harvesting with manual destemming grape by grape for inspection.  Initial fermentation is in Stainless Steel for about ten days with extended post-fermentation maceration on the skins for about a month, followed by malolactic fermentation, and then aged in French Oak for about eighteen months, finally refined for twelve months in the bottle.  This light-ruby colored wine offered notes of red fruits and spices, and on the palate fresh fruit, soft tannins and a velvety texture from the Merlot with a nice medium finish of fruit and terroir.

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