2014 Nuovo Poggerino
This is the second vintage of this very limited production cuvée from Piero and oncve again he proves with it that he is a brilliant winemaker, constantly on the look out for ways to improve the Sangiovese he produces here. Nuovo is a clever play on words - not only is it his new (nuevo) cuvee it is made in a concrete egg (uovo). Piero believes in and works with bio-dynamic principles, and these egg shaped tanks made of concrete can be found in many innovative cellars now. It is understood to be the perfect shape for growth and improvement of flavours, in nature's very own design for growing youngsters. The shape allows natural flow within the egg and the concrete adds no discernible flavour but can be seen to round out fruit profile and slightly plump up the texture. Compared to the regular Chianti Classico here the nose is denser, with good, ripe black fruit intensity, sage/lavender, honey character. Really clean, precise, stony mineral character, lovely dark core, fresh acidity, a pure feeling of clean, fine-grained tannic grip, ripe good length. This is a fantastic, fascinating and satisfying wine! L&S (Sep 2016)
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- See our blog post on Victoria Moore's recent interview with Piero Lanza HERE -
Piero Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors. A qualified oenologist, a very competent agronomist and a brilliant winemaker, his wines have improved immeasurably over the past few vintages. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico district the estate consists of 106 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands.
The winery is one of the properties of a large estate which used to belong to Prince Ginori Conti, a descendant of one of Florence's oldest families. Floriana Ginori Conti inherited the winery from her father in the 1970s, and began in 1980 to produce a Chianti Classico with the "Poggerino" label.
In 1999 she handed over the property to her two children, Piero and Benedetta Lanza, who had been managing it since 1988. Only 11 hectares are planted with vines, almost all of which are Sangiovese. Piero is a passionate agronomist, firmly of the opinion that the work he does in the vineyard reflects not only in the quality of his wines, but the individual 'terroir' of their property, and to this end is now working completely biodynamically.
Another of our producers described him to us 'Ah yes, Piero, the one who knows all his vines by name'. Planted on clay and 'galestro' soils his wines are marked by minerality, acidity and bright fruit. Biodynamic and certified organic.
The concrete egg is the trendy winemaking vessel of the moment, prized for its ability to offer the same slow oxygenation, but none of the flavour, impated by a wooden barrel. In Piero Lanza's case that leads to a wine of really striking fruit purity and tight but silky texture that's sinewy and pretty with red cherry and dark raspberry and flashes of refreshingly bitter herb. Rating: 92 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2017)
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