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Le Filigare Wine Tasting Notes

It’s well worth the drive off the main road. As you travel down a gravel road for a few minutes you come upon Le Filigare Winery. Located in the Chianti region of Tuscany, this beautiful small winery lies half way between Siena and Florence. Until I was in the region I did not realize the history, including wars that took place between Siena and Florence. But that’s another story.

View from Le Filigare Winery

View from Le Filigare Winery

The views from Le Filigare are stunning. It was here in the summer of 1857 that Pope Pius IX came at the invitation of the Archduke of Tuscany to enjoy the beauty, its wines and olive oil. Today Le Filigare is a modern winery producing some amazing wines. These wines are of very limited release in the United States. However they can be purchased directly from the winery and shipped to you. They are wonderful wines to add to your cellar. If you do order some be sure to ask for a bottle or two of their wonderful Olive Oil.

Alessandro and Brian touring the cellar

Alessandro and Brian touring the cellar

 

 

The winery today is run by Alessandro Cassetti Burchi and his family. Just speaking to Alessandro for a few minutes and you will understand just how important and special family is to him. This winery has been run for several generations by his family. In fact the wines are not just his heritage, but also his family tree.   The entire estate covers 60 hectares/148 Acres of rolling hills covered by vineyards.  The cellar contains 300 wooden casks and 210 barrels for aging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germogilo SangioveseThe 2013 Germogilo Sangiovese is a beautiful wine for every day drinking. An intense nose in the “ancient style of Chianti” as they like to say at the winery. Lighter in color this wine has slight tannins and overtones of Cherry and Strawberries. Very drinkable

BLEND: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, Colorino, Trebbiano, Malvasia
APPELLATION:Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE:October 2013
WINE ALCOHOL: 12.5% by volume
PRODUCTION: 7,333 bottles

 

Chianti ClassicoThe 2011 Viticoltore Chianti Classico hits you when you least expect it. Extremely smooth and easy to drink is an understatement for this wine. This wine has hints of blackberry and plums. This wine is very drinkable now.

BLEND:90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino
APPELLATION: Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE: October 2011
WINE ALCOHOL: 14.5% by volume
WINE ACID: 5.05 g/L
WINE PH: 3.33
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.9 g/L
PRODUCTION: 15,100 bottles

 

 

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The 2011 Lorenzo Chaniti Classico is darker in color with a slight peppery nose. This is a big wine with a long finish. Only one word can really describe this wine, Intense. Licorice, blackcurrant, and cherries throughout rich wine. This wine was made for aging, but enjoyable now.

BLEND: 100% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE: October 2011
WINE ALCOHOL: 14.5% by volume
WINE ACID: 5.12 g/L
WINE PH: 3.32
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.23 g/L
PRODUCTION: 9,333 bottles

 

le-filigare-maria-vittoria-riserva-chianti-classico-docg-italy-10237633The 2009 Maria Vittoria Chianti Classico spends one more year in the barrels than the Lorenzo. The flavors linger on your tongue with this very smooth wine. This is a wine that will stain your teeth. Throughout it there are hints of cloves, vanilla and blackberries in every sip of this wine.

BLEND: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino, 5% Merlot
APPELLATION: Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE: October 2009
WINE ALCOHOL: 14% by volume
WINE ACID: 4,93 g/L
WINE PH: 3.46
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2,97 g/L
PRODUCTION: 5,333 bottles

 

26299The 2010 Podere Le Rocce (the name translates to rocky farm) is another intense wine with overtones of Licorice, blackberry’s and plums with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. This primarily Cabernet Sauvignon wine will age well and should be in every cellar.

BLEND: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE: October 2010
WINE ALCOHOL: 14% by volume
PRODUCTION: 1,900 bottles
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The 2010 Pietro is primarily Merlot. Aged in new barrels this is a smooth easy drinking wine. Raspberries, Cassias, and chocolate are just a few flavors that jump out with this wine.

BLEND: 70% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 15% Sangiovese
APPELLATION: Tuscany Italy
HARVEST DATE: October 2010
WINE ALCOHOL: 14% by volume
WINE ACID: 5.22 g/L
WINE PH: 3.4
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2,76 g/L
PRODUCTION: 2,000 bottles

 

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For more information on Le Filigare please visit their website at www.lefiligare.it

I have to mention that if you are ever in the Tuscany region and our looking for a tour, please be sure to contact Roberto at Tours by Roberto.  Extremly knowledgeable and having worked in the wine industry for more than 15 years Roberto will make sure you get the tour your looking for. Be sure to look him up at www.toursbyroberto.com

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