569 years of excellence since 1452 in Tuscany, Italy Pronounced Fee-lee-kye-uh
Winery and Vineyard: For nearly 600 years, the Filicaja family has been making fine wines since 1452 in the Tuscan village of Montaione, 36 miles southwest of Florence where the Etruscans first planed wine grapes, over 2,500 years ago. Vines averaging 50 years old are farmed organically. Ideal clusters and are hand-harvested by experienced pickers, in an efficient process which sends perfect grapes into fermentation tanks within less than 15 minutes after grapes are cut from the vine.
Chianti Superiore DOCG “Villa da Filicaja” 2016 (then 2019) 13.0% Alcohol
Composed of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaolo and designated “Superiore” for adherence to harvesting and aging requirements. Aromas of plum, black cherries, savory spice and red flowers. Medium-bodied, with red cherries and berries, earthy spice and with silkier dusty tannins than expected for Sangiovese, finishing with lovely fruit and flower petals. Stainless fermented, aged in neutral oak. No new oak.
Vin Santo Del Chianti Riserva DOC 2004 (50% Malvasia, 50% Trebbiano) New Wine ! 500mL bottles
Winery Notes: “Aromas of caramel, honey, white flower, brown sugar, and salt. Flavors of flowers, orange rind, lemon, caramel, and walnuts. Long 45 second finish, with walnuts and orange rind.” 55+ year-old vines on the hot, south-facing “fornace” slope of Tuscany’s second- highest hill. Hand-selected at late November harvest, the bunches are dried in huts for 2 years before fermented whole-cluster in new oak for 3 months, then barrel-matured for 7 years without topping (thus qualifying for the Riserva designation). Bottled 2016, released 2021.