Chianti Superiore, 2017. Tenuta San Jacopo

Chianti Superiore, 2017. Tenuta San Jacopo

Item #: U0719R1II
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Chianti Superiore
Vineyard/Appellation: Chianti Superiore D.O.C.G., Italy
Color: Brilliant Red
Nose: Cherry, Floral Notes
Palate: Rich Fruit
Finish: Long, Vibrant
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Tenuta San Jacopo is a classic "azienda agricola," founded in 1737. The term is an Italian designation for a "farming business" - referring to an agricultural place, not just a winery. This mountain-top estate is technically not in the area of Chianti, but their vineyards are, which qualifies it for the designation.

In 2002, the estate was purchased by the Cattaneo family, headed by three brothers. They turned it into a showplace and major tourist destination by building a first-class hotel and restaurant. They also converted all their vineyards to organic and biodynamic farming.

The term organic wine can have two meanings. You can grow the grapes organically with no chemicals, which many wineries do. But, that doesn't mean they don't use chemicals in their winemaking. San Jacopo has committed itself to growing grapes organically and making wine organically. This is much more difficult, but is what accounts for the purity of flavors found in their wines.

The Cattaneo brothers have created their own ecosystem to produce their own natural supplements in both their vineyard cultivation and in their wine production. Nothing artificial is used.

The result, of course, is pure perfection. From the brightness of the wine's color to the eloquent aromas of cherry and spice to the generous mouthfeel and clean, black fruit, here is a sensuous pleasure few are able to attain. The medium tannins grip enough to make you hold on and the finish will have you holding on for more.