February 2014 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 15

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In 2000, the winery
launched a vineyard
restructuring program that
adopted the most up-to-date
practices and the necessary
foundation for producing
wines of absolute quality.
This philosophy, in conjunc-
tion with a modernized cellar
beginning with the 2001
vintage, has yielded a
new wine, Occhini, which
represents the perfect union
between tradition, exempli-
fied in its fermentation and
i n n o v a t i o n
displayed in
i t s
ba r re l
maturation.
The reception
and tributes it
has received
gave i t a
place among
Tuscany’s best
red wines and
provided the
impulse, in the
2004 vintage,
to produce the classic
Chianti DOCG we feature this
month. For its production,
optimally ripe grapes
undergo fermentation with
indigenous yeasts in glass-
lined cement vats. The
malolactic fermentation
occurs in large and small
oak barrels, where the wine
matures for 10 months.
The wine is then bottled
in the villa’s underground
cellars, composed of massive
15th-century walls and
vaulted ceilings.
This is the best Chianti we’ve
tasted in years. It’s rich, ripe
fruit and incredible finish is
rarely found in wines costing
twice as much. A perfect
match with a lamb leg,
slowly roasted over hickory.
he Fattoria La Striscia
winery boasts deep
roots that go back
in time to the Italian
Renaissance. In 1800, during
the reign of Grand Duke
Leopoldo II of Tuscany, Count
Giovan Battista Occhini
acquired the Tenuta di Villa
La Striscia together with
his brother Pietro. Driven
by a deep love for the
traditions of this area,
Occhini developed the estate
particularly its vineyards. The
main grape
variety then
and now was
S angiovese,
which was the
heart of what
later would
be Chianti dei
Colli Aretini,
a blend of
S angiovese,
Canaiolo and
M a l v a s i a .
The estate
comprised numerous proper-
ties on the hills surrounding
the villa where Sangiovese
found a perfect home with
its sunny, south-facing
exposure and deep, dry,
sandy soils. These conditions
that lent a distinctive
bouquet to the wine.
In the early 1900s, the estate
was owned by Giovan’s
descendent, Pier Ludovico
Occhini. He enlarged and
restructured the main
residence into the magnifi-
cent structure that we see
today. He brought back their
former glory the frescoes
by Arezzo artist Alessandro
Forzori, who in 1582
painted the magnificent
vaulted ceiling in one of the
spacious rooms.
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ITEM #: L0214R1II
Retail Price:
$24.99/each
Member Price: $20.98/each
Reorder Price: $15.99/each
36% Discount
Chianti
(Sangiovese)
Key AHNTI (Sangio VESAY)
2012
La Striscia
Tuscany, Italy
Color:
Magenta
Nose:
Earth, licorice and
tart cherry
Palate:
Leather with mixed
cherries
Finish:
Elegant and engaging
cherry and earth
Alcohol:
13%
Drink now
through 2017
WOMC RATING
95 Points
1...,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24
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