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2017 Riserva Sangiovese

2017 Riserva Sangiovese
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Noceto’s Brunello-style Riserva Sangiovese is blended from the best estate lots and displays superior fruit while retaining balance. Fruit-packed, full-flavored, and complex with a lingering finish.

"This robust and tannic wine exudes sawn oak aromas, and blends both tart and ripe red fruits on the palate. Its grippy texture and concentration give a sense of good aging potential. Best from 2023."  91 points - Wine Enthusiast (11/2020)

"Not too many wines get the 'Wow' in my handwritten notes during site visits, so I know when I go back to flesh them out for publication that we're on to a winner.  This bottling is a blend of Brunello clone Sangioveses, including Altesino, Il Poggione, and Biondi Santi, and it's one of those wines that manages elegance and power in its youth, promising a beautiful future.  It's structured for aging, with great acidity carrying deep cherry fruit, mixed herbs, and spices.  That acidity also makes for a huge finish with a zesty, freshening push of integrated flavors that just keep coming.  This bottling typically 'jumps around' a bit when young, but it's showing great already.  Bravo!"  94 points - Rich Cook, (1/2021)

"Scents of sweet, lightly oaked cherries are enlivened by a slight rhubarb twist in the nose of this nimble, nicely crafted, medium-bodied wine, and its lively and lingering flavors fall right into step.  Its very temperate tannins combine with measured acidity to afford a bit of firming as it goes, but its enjoyment in no way depends on further age, and near- to mid-term service with the likes of veal parmesan will show this tailored, varietally precise Sangiovese off at its best."  89 points/One Puff - Connoisseurs' Guide (11/2020)

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Shenandoah Valley, CA
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(Feb 4, 2022 at 1:02 PM)
The Riserva is beyond excellent. I keep trying to save them to see what a few more years in the cellar might add, but we can’t stop ourselves from pulling them out for special occasions. It’s smooth and deeply rich at the same time. Takes us back to Montalcino!

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