Isole e Olena, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2008Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Malvasia and Trebbiano
bottle size: 375 ml
Fourth-generation winemaker Paolo De Marchi studied Agriculture at the University of Turin and worked harvests in California and France before returning to the family estate in 1976. He found much need for improvement and modernization in the Chianti Classico region. One of the first projects involved planting single vineyards of international varieties, such as Chardonnay and Syrah. With these steps, Paolo discovered a way to balance tradition with innovation. In 1980, he created his flagship wine, Cepparello, made from 100% Sangiovese. This wine has been classified as a “Super Tuscan”, as it violates the traditional Chianti Classico regulations of including a white variety in the blend. As a result of Paolo’s technique, this wine has set the standard for the pure Sangiovese movement.
This wine has a special method to make it. The freshly harvested Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes are left on straw mats to raisin or hung or dried by hanging on racks indoors. The style ranges from dry to sweet; this style is done sweet and pairs perfectly with biscotti.
Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Retromarcia 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Monte Bernardi is one of Hart & Cru’s go-to Tuscany producers for many reasons. We just love Michael Schmelzer, owner, and winemaker. He is dedicated, hard-working, and cares about proper farming without putting junk in your wine, and overall, his wines are delicious. This bottling is produced from vines over 40 years old and grown in some of the prized sites on the property. However in this vintage, the Chianti overlords refused to grant the wine Riserva due to the color not being dark enough (which other producers achieve by manipulating their wines). This, to us at Hart & Cru, is one of the problems with the wine world. It is not always just about how delicious the wine tastes. The corporate wineries in the region can make things very difficult, even especially when the wine can win without question in a double blind, blindfolded, tasting. Which, in our world is normally the case with Monte Bernardi wines.
Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Sangio 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Even though the estate Monte Bernardi dates back to 1085 in the region of Panzano in Tuscany, Michael Schmelzer and family purchased the estate in 2003 and have been making beautiful Sangiovese-based wines and olive oil ever since. The property’s vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern-most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the “Grand Crus” of Chianti Classico. Most of the vineyards are more than 40 years old. Before 1992, the grapes were sold to neighboring farms. The Schmelzer family, originally from Michigan, purchased Monte Bernardi in 2003. As winemaker, Michael has invested time, love and money in the vineyards, the winery and villa. The property was certified biodynamic in 2004.
Sangió comes from a vineyard above the village of Panzano in Chianti. The vineyard is in conversion from practicing organic to being certified. Once this certification takes place, the fruit used for Sangió will go into Monte Bernardi’s other wines like the Retromarcia.