~ The al fresco dining area of Fattoria Cinciano’s Osteria 1126; a gorgeous, relaxed setting for a wonderfully authentic meal ~

Tucked away along the country road that winds between Poggibonsi and Badia a Passignano sits the wee hamlet of Cinciano. Essentially, Cinciano is a tourist destination; an agriturismo featuring a Taverna, apartments and winery.  Despite this, it’s not an area well known to tourists.  In fact, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re apt to drive right past.

Generally, I’ve not been impressed with wines produced by Agriturismo simply because they are normally an afterthought.  Farming crops is first, entertaining guests is second and wine is seemingly produced only for the guests to drink.  Not so at Cinciano.  While the wines are produced for sale in their Taverna, they will sell “Vendita Diretta” as well.   Quality is paramount and Cinciano’s wines are excellent.

~ An incomparable Lardo was served with warm crostini while we waited for our primi to arrive ~

We started with a few different pastas and opened the first wine that we decided to try.   The 2011 Cinciano Chianti Classico Riserva is a brilliant shimmering violet with darker garnet reflections.  Aromas of crushed berry, fresh flowers, dried herbs and earth are notable and very attractive.  On the palate, the wine is vibrant and juicy.  A ripe core of wild cherry glides across your palate and is joined by coffee, fennel and earth notes. Superlative wine that is a must for Sangiovese lovers. 96 points.  Find this wine.

Candles and wine

~ The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the best wines I’ve tasted from that vintage. Truly remarkable for its purity, freshness and depth of flavor ~

When the second courses arrived, Daniele and I decided to try the properties most recent release.  With dishes featuring cinghiale and coniglio, the 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva offered a glimpse into its promising evolution.

Boasting a slightly more youthful, violet color, the 2015 displayed more floral aromatics than its older counterpart. Crushed wild cherry, fresh roses, cypress needle and toasted spices are notable. On the palate, the flavors followed the nose but the takeaway from this delicious wine was the structure. Clearly the more masculine 2015 is one to cellar for 3-5 more years and then I think you’ll be able to enjoy a long drinking window. These wines are wonderful and deserve consideration. Or, a trip to the estate! 93+ points with promise.

Two wine bottles and glass of wine

~ The 2015 sports a slightly more youthful color than its ’11 sibling ~

And of course, the company was superb.  Grazie amico mio. Ci vediamo!

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