We are always on the lookout for great wines from Tuscany. We admit a soft spot for Sangiovese, one of Italy’s most classic and cherished grape varieties. Many producers in Tuscany, whether in Chianti Classico or Montalcino, often rest on their fame, producing wines that are often times devoid of any real personality. So we must taste, and that we do.
This wine from Poggio La Noce, a recent discovery of ours, checks all the boxes when it comes to great Sangiovese. This is not a historical estate resting on its reputation; rather, it was founded in 2000 by the husband-and-wife team of Enzo Schiano and Claire Beliard. The winery is located in the Fiesole hills, right on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Florence. The farm they purchased is 16 hectares, with about 6 hectares devoted to vines and 3 hectares of olive trees. From the beginning, it was important that they farm organically, and they have been certified organic since 2006.
With a total of eight wines produced, there’s a lot to experience from Poggio La Noce. One of the real standouts, and a wine that I could seemingly drink daily, is “Gigetto.” This is the entry-level wine of Poggio La Noce, produced from 12-to-18-year-old vines, in the La Noce vineyard. It is composed of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, grown in the classic calcareous marl with alberese and galestro strata.
After harvest, the grapes are sorted for quality, destemmed, and then fermented in stainless steel vats with natural yeasts. The wine is aged in 10-hectoliter botti (large cask) for 14 months, and then aged in bottle for 6 months before release.
The 2019 Gigetto is beautiful. Classic cherry notes, along with hints of violets and spice. It’s medium bodied, with silky and fresh fruit, soft tannins, and a long finish. If you are a fan of the wines of Tuscany, you’re going to love this one!
Poggio La Noce
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