2009 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva

Hello friends. We’ve been offered a time-limited deal on a lovely Chianti Classico Riserva, now six years past vintage and drinking like a wine entering its peak:

Logistics first. We have a hold on the entire remainder of the 2009 vintage. That hold expires one week from today, so please make sure all order requests are in no later than this upcoming weekend. We’ll place our order on March 30, and the wine should arrive later that week and could certainly be included in spring shipping window shipments.

Now a quick word on pricing. Our TPU price is a solid $10 off the release price of $32, and from what the internet tells me (and the internet never, ever lies), we have the lowest tariff nationally by a few bucks. If we sell out, it does seem like there are a few west coast parcels floating around in the $24-$27 range, which is still quite competitive for this wine.

You might be asking why we were offered this deal in the first place. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect it’s a pretty simple answer, and one that we at Full Pull understand well. You know how we’ve had our Hoarders offer and then our Saturday bin-ends sale this year? Sometimes you just need to clear out inventory. In this case, it looks like nationally, most folks have moved onto the 2010 vintage of this wine, and a few are even selling 2011, so I suspect our local importer is ready to clear out the 2009 in advance of a new vintage rolling in.

Of course the funny part of all this is that the wine is being discounted/closed out just as it is entering peak drinking. That’s an irony of the wine trade that never ceases to surprise and delight me, I must admit. This 2009 vintage also comes with a shimmering (if pithy) review from former Wine Spectator editor James Suckling, who has since branched out on his own: JamesSuckling.com (James Suckling): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Viticcio is a deeply scenic (pics one, two, three) estate and agritourismo in Greve, smack in the middle of the Classico zone of Chianti (location here). In other words, the beating heart of Sangiovese. The 30-hectacre estate was founded in 1960 by the Landini family, and it’s the second generation now at the helm. In recent years, the focus has shifted in the vineyards towards both organic and biodynamic viticulture.

Viticcio’s Riserva comes from the best sections of their vineyard (planted on a soil base of limestone and clay), and this 2009 spent about a year in a combination of new and neutral barriques and botti. It clocks in at 13.5% listed alc, and it offers a wonderful maturing Sangiovese nose of black cherry (mostly fresh, a little dried), roasted wild mushrooms, and aperol bitters. The balance of rich red fruit and earth notes on the palate is exquisite. I was completely seduced by this wine’s rustic, honest Chianti charm, its serious toothsome earthy chew. The finish is all cherry tea, and it lingers on and on, inviting another sip, or better yet, another bite of food. A wine like this is born to go with Italian or Italian-American food. Gnocchi Bolognese is what is coming to my mind right now [wipes drool].

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive next week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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