The 2009 Il Carbonaione has elegance to burn. Polished, silky tannins frame layers of fruit as this harmonious, totally finessed wine blossoms in the glass. The 2009 is simply glorious from the very first taste. A kick of Sangiovese acidity gives the wine its lift and vibrancy on the finish. This is a great showing. Carbonaione is 100% Sangiovese (Lamole clone) grown on the hillsides of Greve. The wine spent 15 months in 350-liter oak barrels, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029.
The Poggio Scalette wines aren't always easy to find, but they are well worth the effort. This is another strong set of new releases from father and son team Vittorio and Jurij Fiore. In particular, I was impressed with the Chianti Classico, which shows tons of character and personality at a very fair price
|PODERE POGGIO SCALETTE became an autonomous wine-producing estate in 1991 when Vittorio Fiore and his wife Adriana Assje di Marcora acquired several plots of land and a rural building on the hill of Ruffoli, in the township of Greve in Chianti, in the very heart of the Chianti Classico appellation. The property came from the division of an heritage and the sale of proprety consisting of old stone farmhouses, vineyard land, olive groves, pasture land, and woods which had been abandoned years previously after the death of the former owner.
The first part of the estate was thus constituted and was enlarged shortly afterwards in 1996 with the addition of an adjacent property endowed with functional cellars and ample working spaces creating, with this acquisition, a 40 hectare (100 acre) property sub-divided as follows:
• vineyardsha 15,00
• olive grovesha 10,00
• grain fieldsha 2,00
• woodsha 5,00
•buildings and uncultivated areaha 8,00
The estate is directly run by wife Adriana Assje di Marcora and son Jurij Fiore (a graduate of the School of Viticulture and Oenology of Beaune in Burgundy) with the overall supervision of Vittorio Fiore.
The marketing of the wines, instead, has been assigned to son Roberto for the Italian domestic market and to son Alessandro for export markets.