90 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2004 Chianti Classico La Pieve is more expansive on the palate, where it reveals generous sensations of dark cherries, plums, licorice and menthol in a powerful, somewhat rustic but beautiful expression of Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, with superb definition as well as length. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019." 90 Points- Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate)
Wine: "With a sparkling ruby hue, tasty rustic tannins balance bright, fresh currant and plum flavors and a hint of cherry liqueur. Medium-long fruity finish."
About 1,600 cases produced annually. Macerated on the skins in steel vats for 10-15 days and aged in steel vats and large oak casks (capacity 15 Hectolitres) for 14 months. The wine is then cellared in the bottle for 3 months."-Importer
Estate: "When Alessandro and Andrea Sderci inherited this small estate outside of the village of Monti in the Gaiole township of the Chianti Classico DOCG, winemaking was just a hobby. They began replanting in that spirit, not realizing that their efforts would lead to the birth of one of the most exciting young Chianti Classico estates in operation today. Gaiole is one of the highest townships of the Chianti Classico region and Il Palazzino is situated at one of the highest points in Gaiole, where the vineyards enjoy constant breezes. The two vineyards at Il Palazzino, though predominantly light, stony galestro, have diverse soils and aspects, for which reason Marc de Grazia encouraged the owners to bottle the two "crus" separately beginning with the 1999 vintage. The "La Pieve" is a stunning, silken Sangiovese produced from a vineyard very close to the winery with very poor stone and sand soils. The Wine Advocate described the 2004 as "a powerful, somewhat rustic but beautiful expression of Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, with superb definition as well as length."
"The earlier-released "Argenina" is in a zone further south in the direction of San Giusto a Rentenanno, where the soils have a higher percentage of clay, producing a bright, red-fruited Chianti. The super-Chianti Classico "Grosso Sanese" is 100% Sangiovese Grosso aged in barrique; the grapes come from a parcel within the "La Pieve." Massive when young, this highly sought-after wine softens into an exquisitely complex and rich mouthful over time and has proven ageing potential. All these Chianti Classicos regularly receive 90-point scores from the major international publications and are classic, timeless expressions from one of the world's greatest winemaking regions." -Importer
This wine also scored 88 Points- Wine Spectator.