Tenuta San Guisto A Rentanano Tuscan Wine Tasting Friday, October 29th 7:30pm and all the wines from this great producer on SALE!!

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“Wine was born, not invented … like an old friend, it continues to surprise us in new and unexpected ways.”


- Dr. Salvatore P. Lucia, quoted in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.


Italy is the birthplace of wine for me but I’m Italian so maybe my heritage had been a bit of an influence on this opinion.


Today, you can still find some of the top wines from Italy from some of the best producers at a reasonable price tag and reasonable for a top-level wine to me is $150 or less.  I am not saying that $150 is cheap for a good bottle of wine but it is cheap when you look at collectible wines today and that means wines that you can cellar for 20+ years or more.  Some of the top “cult” wines of Italy like the Percarlo and the La Ricolma from Tenuta San Guisto a Rentennano are very limited and among the best wines of their type and style but the most appealing thing about them… other than they are Italian are that they cost ½ the price of the same quality wines that you can find in Napa Valley, Bordeaux or Burgundy.


It seems like an even better value when you look at the fact that this producer has been around for over 1000 years!!  This property has a very long history and the family that owns it today is serious about making it the best estate in all of Tuscany making every single wine in their line-up with the same attention to detail.  Check out their Chianti Classico for a taste of what the estate is all about and then you can get into the Le Baroncole Riserva which is like a Chianti on Steroids!  If you are interested in the La Ricolma or the Percarlo these are very limited and in some vintages like 2018 we only get 12-24 bottles of each!  The real sleeper is the Chianti Classic the 2016 vintage was # 3 in the Wine Spectator’s top 100 list two years ago, but don’t wait for the scores to come out this year as the 2019 Chianti Classico it is as good as anything made in Tuscany under $40 a bottle.


To celebrate the new releases of this historic estate this year and because we have some older vintages of these wines, I thought a tasting would be in order to continue the scientific work we are doing here at the Wine Watch with SUPER Tuscan wines.  I have included all the wines from this producer that we have in the store on this offering in case you can’t make it and want to experience these amazing wines before they are GONE.


Chef Toni has a special menu prepared for this tasting which includes every wine that Tenuta San Guisto a Rentanano makes including multiple vintages of each wine and dinner is only $250 + tax.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


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Tenuta San Guisto A Rentanano Tuscan Wine Tasting

Friday, October 29th

7:30pm


2019 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico

2018 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico

2017 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico

2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Le Baroncole Chianti Classico Riserva

2017 San Giusto a Rentennano Le Baroncole Chianti Classico Riserva

2016 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

2014 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

2012 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

2017 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

2016 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

2014 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

2013 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

1997 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Toscana


Menu

Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie

Grilled Pumpkin and Beet Salad with Maple Pecan Vinaigrette with Crumbled Goat Cheese

Duck and Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli with Sundried Tomato Brown Butter and Fresh Basil

Sangiovese Braised Tuscan Lamb Ragout served over Creamy Polenta

Tiramisu 


Chef Toni has a special menu prepared for this tasting which includes every wine that Tenuta San Guisto a Rentanano makes including multiple vintages of each wine and dinner is only $250 + tax.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Please let us know when you make your reservations if you have any food issues and Chef Toni will be happy to accommodate you.


 


New Releases from one of our favorite small producers in Tuscany!


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2019 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico

List Price: $44.00               Your Price: $38.72            Quantity in Stock: 60

WINERY NOTES:  San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo grapes, hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in glazed concrete and stainless steel vats for about 14 days. During fermentation the skins and must are pumped-over and punched-down a number of times to extract the maximum qualities from the grapes. After the wine has been racked , the skins are soft-pressed in an horizontal press and the juice thus obtained is added to the wine. Malolactic fermentation is stimulated by heating the building where the vats are stored. The wine is racked several time during maturation in cask and 500 liters oak tonneaux for 10-12 months.

2019 Vintage:  A rainy spring time on the whole; very low temperatures during May, which then rose to above average levels in June. In July a heavy hail-storm partly damaged both the leaf coverage and the grapes, causing delay in respect of the normal seasonal phenolic development. A number of thinning out turns were necessary in an attempt to balance the leaf to fruit ratio in favour of a better ripening. Painstaking care in proper farming practices notwithstanding, we had to wait before harvesting for a longer time than is usual in this our southernmost end of Chianti area. Harvest in fact was carried out in the days from the 30th of September to the 15th of October, but under very favourable climate conditions, that enabled a right phenolic fruit maturity. Thinning out was effected in three turns; of the initial fruit load – reduces as it had already been by hail damage – around 35% was discarded.


2018 Tenuta San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico

Price: $43.00       Your Price: $37.84            Quantity in Stock: 57

(93 points) The 2018 Chianti Classico is a textbook expression from the appellation. This Sangiovese-based wine shows latitude and depth with elegant aromas of wild berry, forest floor, dried blueberry, honey, lavender and rosemary essence. There are hints of chalk or crushed limestone that recall the unique soils of the Gaiole in Chianti growing region. The tannins are elegantly integrated, and the wine offers enough natural freshness to pair with a hearty pappardelle al sugo di cinghiale.  Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 250 - Aug 2020)


2017 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico

Price: $35.75       Your Price: $31.46            Quantity in Stock: 4

(91 points) Outer quote mark The 2017 Chianti Classico (made with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo) is a saturated and rich red wine with a terrific sense of life and vitality. The quality of fruit is polished, delineated and sharp. Red and purple berry aromas mingle with light toast, spice and crushed limestone. This wine boasts beautiful primary fruit and makes every effort to flaunt it. The tannins are present, you won't forget them, but there is enough texture and succulence to wash over any leftover sharpness or astringency. Serve it with an appetizer of meatballs and rosemary focaccia. Some 41,500 bottles were made. 91+ (ML) Inner quote mark (9/2019) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


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2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Le Baroncole Chianti Classico Riserva

Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 12

WINERY NOTES:  Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole is made from 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo grapes. The initial stages of its production are the same as for our Chianti Classico. Then the wine is aged in cask and barrels of French for a period varying from 16 to 20 months, according to the vintage. It is then bottled and stored for a further six months. Le Baroncole is a wine of long ageing potential.

2018 Vintage:  A fairly rainy spring season, more so during May and June. Even temperatures up to mid September -no peaks above the average registered - gave way to a ripening of slightly late beginnings, though steadily protracted. Rather warm weather was experienced thereafter, with steep temperature excursions favouring a fast rounding up of the fruit. The climate pattern was similar to that of year 2016, to the point that harvesting was carried out at the same time in both cases. The resulting wine proves nicely fresh and concentrated. Thinning out effected in two turns; approximately 40% of the initial spontaneous fruit load was discarded in total.


2017 San Giusto a Rentennano Le Baroncole Chianti Classico Riserva

Price: $69.50       Your Price: $61.16            Quantity in Stock: 22


Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole is made from 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo grapes.  The initial stages of its production are the same as for our Chianti Classico.   It is then aged in French oak barriques for a period which varies from 16 to 20 months, according to the vintage.  It is bottled unfiltered and held for a further six months, before it is released.   Le Baroncole is a wine of long ageing potential.


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La Ricolma is made from 100% Merlot grapes especially selected from prime vineyards and hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks for about 18 days, then racked and pressed. After it is racked once again, the wine is left to mature for 20-22 months in French oak barriques. It is bottled unfiltered and held in bottle for another 6 months before being released.


2018 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

Price: $234.50    Your Price: $206.36          Quantity in Stock: 12

(97 Points)  The San Giusto a Rentennano 2018 La Ricolma is an absolute stunner. This iconic expression of Merlot opens to rich and velvety concentration with lots of black intensity. Italians might call it "una bomba," or a veritable bomb of fruity bounty and beauty. The organic grapes are fermented in steel over 18 days and aged in French barrique for up to 22 months. This rather straightforward winemaking methodology results in profound fruit purity and persistence. The tannins are still tight and grippy, and this is a more controversial point that I discovered across many of the wines I tasted from 2018. You'll need to give this wine more time to evolve and soften. Production is 5,994 bottles, 315 magnums and 33 double magnums.  October 2021 Week 1, The Wine Advocate

Winery Notes:  La Ricolma is made from 100% Merlot grapes especially seclected from prime vineyards and hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks for about 18 days, then racked and pressed. After it is racked once again, the wine is left to mature for 20-22 months in French oak barriques. It is bottled and held for another 6 months before being released.

2018 Vintage Notes:  A fairly rainy spring season, more so during May and June. Even temperatures up to mid September -no peaks above the average registered - gave way to a ripening of slightly late beginnings, though steadily protracted. Rather warm weather was experienced thereafter, with steep temperature excursions favouring a fast rounding up of the fruit. The climate pattern was similar to that of year 2016, to the point that harvesting was carried out at the same time in both cases. The resulting wine proves nicely fresh and concentrated. Thinning out effected in two turns; approximately 40% of the initial spontaneous fruit load was discarded in total.


2016 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

List Price: $405.00             Your Price: $356.40          Quantity in Stock: 2

(100 points) The 2016 La Ricolma is a worthy follow up to the epic 2015. I don’t think any estate in Tuscany has ever turned out two back to back wines that equal San Giusto's Ricolma in 2015 and 2016. Lavender, graphite, crushed rocks, sage, licorice and crème de cassis all build in a potent yet refined Merlot. A wine of mind-blowing purity, density and explosive power, the 2016 is flat out stunning in every way. Readers who can find the 2016 should not hesitate, as it is epic in every way. Vinous Antono Galloni 08/2019


2014 Tenuta San Guisto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

List Price: $247.50             Your Price: $217.80          Quantity in Stock: 2

(96 points) Outer quote mark The 2014 La Ricolma (100% Merlot) is something of a minor miracle and a masterpiece in its own right. The wine is sumptuously textured and beautifully rich. It soothes the palate with its dark fruit intensity and sensual flavors of spice and toast that increase in intensity with each delicious sip. The bouquet peels off in thick layers, revealing Morello cherry, leather, black olive and moist chewing tobacco. Only 5,150 bottles were produced, and no matter what you've heard about the 2014 vintage, this wine is definitely worth your consideration. (ML) 96+ points. Inner quote mark (10/2017) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2012 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot Toscana La Ricolma

Price: $247.50    Your Price: $217.80          Quantity in Stock: 2

(93 Points)  The first vintage of this wine was made in 1993. The 2012 La Ricolma is a very unique expression of Merlot. Usually this grape offers so much to the nose, but less in terms of structure or firmness in the mouth. In this vintage the opposite is true. The bouquet is more subdued in terms of its dark cherry, blackberry and spice. The palate shows tight tannins, bright acidity and loads of deep cherry flavors. The wine is shapely, delineated and focused in this vintage.  221, The Wine Advocate

Winery Notes:  La Ricolma is made from 100% Merlot grapes especially seclected from prime vineyards and hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks for about 18 days, then racked and pressed. After it is racked once again, the wine is left to mature for 20-22 months in French oak barriques. It is bottled and held for another 6 months before being released.


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2017 Tenuta San Guisto A Rentennano Percarlo (Magnum)

Price: $328.00    Your Price: $288.64          Quantity In stock: 6

2017 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

Price: $160.00    Your Price: $140.80          Quantity In stock: 24

Percarlo is made from 100% estate grown Sangiovese grapes, especially selected bunch per bunch, from the best zones of our vineyards, which have a low yield of 1 Kg grapes per vine. The grapes are usually allowed to mature beyond the normal degree of ripeness. Fermentation and maceration take place in enameled cement vats and last up to 35 days. The yeasts produced are natural. Percarlo is aged in French oak barriques for 20-22 months, bottled unfiltered and held in bottle for another 18 months before being released. The grapes which go into the making of Percarlo are selected, bunch per bunch, from vineyards whose soil dates predominately to the Pliocene epoch. It is composed of layers of sand and stones which lie 2 to 5 meters deep and rest on beds of clay. The vineyards are situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level. Notwithstanding the variations from year to year which occur in every wine faithful to its terroir, each vintage of Percarlo possesses constant characteristics which give it a precise, recognizeable identity. It is a wine with long ageing potential, a robust expression of the San Giusto a Rentennano terroir


2016 San Giusto A Rentennano Percarlo Tuscany MAGNUM

Price: $329.00    Your Price: $289.52          Quantity in Stock: 8

2016 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

Price: $160.00    Your Price: $140.80          Quantity in Stock: 31

(99 Points) The 2016 Percarlo captures all of the beauty it has always shown in the cellar. Pliant, silky and exceptionally polished, the 2016 simply has it all. Freshly cut flowers, rose petal, mint, spice and blood orange add striking aromatic nuance to a core of brilliant Sangiovese fruit. Powerful and ample, with superb aromatic lift, the 2016 Percarlo is exceptionally beautiful and moving from the very first taste. A whole range of floral and mineral notes extend the finish effortless. The tannins need time to soften, so readers should plan on at least a few years of cellaring. In a word: compelling.  Vinous


2015 Tenuta San Giusto A Rentennano Percarlo Toscana 3 Liter

Price: $795.00    Your Price: $699.60          Quantity in Stock: 1

2015 Tenuta San Giusto A Rentennano Percarlo Toscana Magnum

Price: $336.00    Your Price: $295.68          Quantity in Stock: 3

2015 Tenuta San Giusto A Rentennano Percarlo Toscana

List Price: $184.50             Your Price: $162.36          Quantity in Stock: 7

(98 points) The 2015 Percarlo, the estate's 100% Sangiovese, towers in the glass with huge, dark fruit to match its powerful, vertical structure. Ample and expansive on the palate, with huge textural depth, the 2015 is a total stunner. The darker, more muscular side of Sangiovese emerges in this gorgeous, absolutely stunning wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice and smoke overtones fill out the wine's big frame effortlessly. Proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala aged the 2015 in a combination of cask and tonneau. The 2015 Percarlo is a riveting wine readers will not want to miss. Vinous Media


2014 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

Price: $247.50    Your Price: $217.80          Quantity in Stock: 2

(92 Points)  The 2014 Percarlo is a pure expression of Sangiovese made from organically farmed grapes. This is a dark and penetrating wine that actually tastes riper, darker and thicker than you might expect of this cool and difficult vintage. The alcohol here is 15%. Black cherry and dried blackberry segue to spice, leather, tar and grilled herb. Despite those bold and opulent fruit flavors, the wine shows moderate complexity and depth. It offers a lot in terms of muscle and power, but it's ultimately more monosyllabic in this vintage. Bottle production was 13,817 units strong.  239, The Wine Advocate

Winery Notes:  Percarlo is made from 100% estate grown Sangiovese grapes, especially selected bunch per bunch, from the best zones of our vineyards, which have a low yield of 1 Kg grapes per vine. The grapes are usually matured to an extra degree of ripeness. Fermentation and maceration take place using natural yeasts in enameled concrete vats for as long as 35 days. Percarlo is aged in French oak barrels for 20-22 months and kept in bottled for another 18 months before being released. The grapes which go into the making of Percarlo are selected, bunch per bunch, from vineyards whose soil dates predominately to the Pliocene epoch. It is composed of layers of sand and stones which lie 2 to 5 meters deep and rest on beds of clay. The vineyards are situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level. Notwithstanding the variations from year to year which occur in every wine faithful to its terroir, each vintage of Percarlo possesses constant characteristics which give it a precise, recognizeable identity. It is a wine with long ageing potential, a robust expression of the San Giusto a Rentennano terroir.


2013 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

Price: $199.00    Your Price: $175.12          Quantity in Stock: 10

(98 points) Outer quote mark A wine of extraordinary finesse, the 2013 Percarlo is utterly magnificent. Creamy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2013 speaks to finesse more than the power and explosiveness that is often found here. With time in the glass, the mid-palate fleshes out and the flavors gain in intensity and darkness. When young, Percarlo is often forbiddingly tannic, but the gradual move towards larger format barrels and casks has, among other things, given the wine much more textural elegance. I can't wait to see how it ages. This is one of the most complete and strikingly beautiful wines of the vintage. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2016)  Vinous


2012 Tenuta San Guisto A Rentennano Percarlo (Magnum)

Price: $305.00    Your Price: $268.40          Quantity in Stock: 5

2012 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo IGT Tuscany

Price: $145.00    Your Price: $127.60          Quantity in Stock: 2

(95 Points) Due to the very hot growing season, the 2012 Percarlo shows slightly evolved and spicy aromas of tobacco and leather on first nose. This pure expression of Sangiovese from the cooler Gaiole in Chianti sub zone is aged in French oak for 22 months. The wine expresses a dark and savory side of the mighty Tuscan grape with dark fruit, plum and dried blackberry. Yet, there is enormous depth and beauty here. Balsam and menthol notes appear on the close and the wine's finish can be counted in many long minutes. The mouthfeel has some areas of sharpness and edginess that will soften with time. -ML Wine Advocate


2011 Tenuta San Guisto A Rentennano Percarlo (Magnum)

Price: $305.00    Your Price: $268.40          Quantity in Stock: 2

(97 Points) The 2011 Percarlo is one of the most beautiful, expressive young Percarlos I have ever tasted. Fine, silky and exceptionally polished, the 2011 boast stunning textural depth and richness. Absolutely nothing is out of place in this super-sexy, racy, Percarlo. Once again San Giusto has elevated Sangiovese to a lofty, rarified level. Readers who can find the 2011 Percarlo should not hesitate. It is a real stunner. --Antonio Galloni


 


1997 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Toscana IGT

Price: $295.00    Your Price: $259.60          Quantity in Stock: 1


 


Vin Santo – The Rarest Dessert Wine in Italy!


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2013 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Vin Santo (375ml)

Price: $112.25    Your Price: $98.78             Quantity in Stock: 12


2010 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Vin Santo (375ml)

Price: $160.00    Your Price: $140.80          Quantity in Stock: 2

(99 Points) This wine is classified as an IGT Toscana because Chianti Classico appellation laws require that Vin Santo has at least 12% alcohol. The 2010 Vin San Giusto only has 9.5% alcohol instead. These means you can count on extra sweetness and sugary intensity, and that is exactly the intention here. The blend is 90% Malvasia and 10% Trebbiano, and it ages for six long years in small barrels (resting on "mother" lees leftover from indigenous yeasts that have formed in previously used barrels and carried forward over the years). The wine pours from the bottle as if it were maple syrup, not wine. It shows super rich consistency that makes for slow and lazy movements as you swirl the glass. This wine is so absolutely singular it's hard to know how to score it, because it virtually has no equivalent. The bouquet shows hard candy, butterscotch, caramelized sugar, marron glacé and cedar smoke. The wine's drinking window is basically forever. A very precious 2,282 (375-milliliter bottles) exist, and I just tasted one of those unforgettable gems.  Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)


2008 Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano Vin Santo (375ml)

Price: $160.00    Your Price: $140.80          Quantity in Stock: 4

(95 Points) The 2008 Vin San Giusto is superb. As always, the Vin San Giusto is made in a rich, plush style, but the 2008 is not as opulent as other recent vintages, its 430 grams of residual sugar notwithstanding. Molasses, spices, leather, mint and tobacco are some of the signatures. Lifted aromatics and a kick of acidity on the finish are the hallmarks of a sweet wine made with white grapes, but the weight and overall intensity are much more typical of wines made from red grapes. In fact, I was shocked to learn the 2008 has more sugar than the 2007, a wine from a much warmer vintage! It's a poignant reminder that wines are ultimately about balance rather than single numbers.   Vinous Antonio Galloni


A bit about Tenuta San Giusto a Rentennano:


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San Giusto a Rentennano, a name of Etruscan origin, overlooks the upper course of the Arbia river in the farthest south Chianti Classico wine zone.


 The estate began life as a medieval monastery of Cistercian nuns and was called San Giusto alle Monache (“of the Nuns”).


In 1204 it was fortified by the Florentines, after a treaty established it as their boundry with Siena.

 Only portions of the ancient fortification still stand, its crenellated battlements, massive barbican wall and underground vaults, used today as the ageing cellars for our wines.


 The medieval estate of San Giusto a Rentennano came into the Martini di Cigala family through marriage in 1914. In 1957, it was inherited by Enrico Martini di Cigala and in 1992, by his nine children. Today Anna, Lucia, Elisabetta, Francesco, Alessandro and Luca are partners in the estate company.


The estate is comprised of 160 hectares, situated at an average altitude of 270 meters above sea level. 31 hectares are planted in vineyards, 11 in olive groves, 40 in woods, 78 in cultivated and grazing lands.


 The terrain is composed of various soils rich in different mineral components, sand, clay, lime, alkali, volcanic ash, argil and calcium.


 The microclimate is characterized by considerable day and night temperature differences and often heat during harvest time.


 All the vineyards enjoy exceptionally favourable exposure. During the months of July and August, we thin-out the natural growth of grape bunches by 30-50%, a practice called “green harvesting ,” which encourages the full and perfect maturation of our grapes.


The estates farming methods remain largely manual and exclusively organic certified.


San Giusto a Rentennano is a family owned estate managed by Elisabetta, Francesco and Luca Martini di Cigala. In 1999, they hired the oenologist, Attilio Pagli, as consultant, and in 2007, the agronomist, Ruggero Mazzilli.


 




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