Le Corti Don Tommaso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 750ML

Named after one of Duccio's forefathers, a deputy in the Kingdom of Italy in the 19th century, this wine shows an aromatic profile of dark cherries and berries melded with pepper, fennel and a coated tannin structure. Bright acidity and forward fruit make this wine a formidable early drinking option where aging will surprise on the positive side. 

80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot

96pts James Suckling "The nose here is packed with blackberries, dark cherries, spices, vanilla and then some delicious herbal and earthy complexity. A fabulous texture follows where layers of dark fruit are pitted against powerful but firm tannins."

93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Don Tommaso is another nice, earthy wine from Principe Corsini, built with elements of black fruit, tar and red brick. A dark and savory quality of fruit dominates the palate, making for a very linear and bright Sangiovese (blended here with 15% Merlot). This is a great interpretation of the vintage. I especially liked the freshness on the close accentuated by notes of tobacco, tar and licorice that give the wine strong, broad shoulders. It has a textured, dusty feeling on the close. Enjoy those authentic qualities with simple Tuscan bean and tomato stew with rosemary and plenty of shaved pecorino."

90pts Wine Enthusiast "Made with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot - all organically farmed - this has aromas of forest floor, tobacco and cassis. On the linear, rather austere palate, close-grained drying tannins provide firm support for prune, blood orange and star anise. Despite the assertive tannins, drink sooner rather than later to capture the remaining fruit richness."

Le Corti's estate is owned by the Corsini family, one of the oldest and most noble families of Tuscany. The family acquired the spectacular Renaissance Villa Le Corti and its property in 1427. In 1992, Prince Duccio Corsini took over the property with the simple goal of making great wine and olive oil. Corsini put oenologist Carlo Ferrini in charge of the agronomic and oenological aspects of the estate. Both the vineyards and winery have undergone significant improvements and Le Corti is now producing world-class wines. 

"I had different plans when I first arrived at the 'Le Corti' Estate, but all it took was getting some mud on my shoes in order to understand that, by means of wine, oil and hospitality I would have been able to improve the situation in the best way possible thus giving a sense of direction to an estate which had fallen into lethargy and had become a property that was no longer productive." "After all, in regards to my family's history, coming across as modern and selling a worthy product successfully is nothing more than honoring tradition; as it is not a question of style but of substance, only communicating something that is real and solid when I am certain of the result." Duccio Corsini

750ML / 14.5% ABV