~ The Picturesque Villa Cafaggio Estate in Panzano ~

Villa Cafaggio is a postcard.  It evokes the sort of images that people use as screensavers.  It brings to life the vistas that people travel to Tuscany expecting to see.  Situated in the heart of Chianti Classico,  in the “Conca d’Oro” or Golden Basin, Villa Cafaggio is one of the most picturesque estates I’ve visited.   Covering 68 hectares, 40 of which are under vine, the estate is not large by any definition.  The property is planted to 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet and Cafaggio’s wines are crafted exclusively from estate fruit.  The estate proudly produces four excellent red wines; three based in Sangiovese and one pure Cabernet.  
The topic of today’s article,  is the absolutely amazing 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva.   
The 2009 is deep violet color with lighter, more purple reflections toward the rim of the glass.  Effusive aromas pour forth including bright crushed wild cherry, fennel, spices and smoke.  Frankly, it’s the essence of freshly crushed Sangiovese in a glass.  On the palate, the fleshy, juicy fruit is well structured and delicious.  Bright full bodied velvety fruit surrounds the palate and adds fennel, fresh earth and spicey perfume.  100% Sangiovese that is aged for 18 months in French barrique followed by 3-4 months in Slavonian botte.  6 months bottle aging allows the wine to settle before release.
Simply put, lovers of Sangiovese need this wine in their cellars.  And to sweeten the pot further, this may be among the best values I’ve reported on all year.   93 points, $19. 

~ Chianti Riserva Best Buy:  2009 Villa Cafaggio  ~

Final Tip:  Keep an eye out for the 100% Sangiovese “Super Tuscan” from Villa Cafaggio called San Martino.  This is not yet released, but based on this tasting, I suspect that wine will be amazing and compared to other 100% Sangiovese Super Tuscans, will likely be a relative steal. 
A presto!

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