~ Just like after 9/11:  These colors don’t run ~

Last month, we began our introduction to Fattoria Casabianca with a look at their Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva;  a nice value with a good level of complexity given where it fits in the heirarchy of the Fattoria Casabianca stable. 

Recently, we upped the ante.   The Belsedere vineyard lies 253 meters (about 840 feet) above sea level and has a southeast exposure, so early morning light gently nourishes the vines and fruit.  The vineyard is treated organically, with the utmost care.  Manual green harvests are carried out in the vineyard and a second selection of harvested fruit takes place in the winery.  

The 2012 Belsedere is 100% Sangiovese.  The wine is fermented in French barrique for up to 18 months and then finished in the bottle for 6 months prior to release.   The results here are very good. 

In the glass, the wine displays a deep ruby color with violet reflections.  The most remarkable feature of the wine is the complex nose with an array of intense, pretty floral tones,  sweet pipe tobacco, crushed berries and fennel.  You could make a cologne of this!  

On the palate the wine is refined and distinctly Sangiovese.  Tuscan herbs, dried fennel seed, tobacco and crisp acidity frame the juicy, ripe red berry flavors.  The long finish is only moderately tannic,  which I think speaks to this vintage.  Fattoria Casabianca is not far from Montalcino and this wine reminds me of the excellent 2012 Rossos from that hill town. 

The persistent finish is laced with fennel and refreshes the palate in a mouth watering way.  A lovely wine that is drinking well now.  91 points, about $28.  Disclosure:  This bottle was a producer provided sample.
~ Belsedere is 100% Sangiovese :  Served alongside Panzanella salad and grilled chicken ~


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