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2012 Lamole di Lamole

2012 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy

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Today's Wine Comments:

Chianti Classico Riserva has never been so classic! A forward leaning Sangiovese, this bottled beauty take Riserva to a new level. The depth of layered flavors, ripe red fruit laced with cocoa and subtle oak, is the perfect combination of poise and strength. We agree with James Suckling (and his 93 point rating), this wine is deep and it definitely holds our interest.

Why we love it:

Singular Sangiovese:

These Sangiovese vines hold a special place in the world of viticulture. It’s a rare find, but thanks to careful vine and clone selection (selection of the best vines growing the most beautiful fruit) the Lamole clone of Sangiovese grows nowhere else. These vines thrive in the high-altitude vineyards they call home. The fruit? Sublimely elegant and intense.

High Calling:

We mentioned high-altitude vineyards. Lamole di Lamole is named for a lovely little valley in the heart of Chianti Classico. This hollow marks a stark rise in the surrounding landscape. Look up and you’ll see the vines of Lamole di Lamole perched in one of the highest vineyards in the region.

Footsteps of Greatness:

Lamole di Lamole’s winery and cellar share a footprint with the 700-year-old castle that stood there before. The fallen castle left it’s intact cellars where Lamole di Lamole built their winery. Age-old savoir faire meets modern technology, and the footsteps of greatness march on.


From the Winery:

The production potential of Lamole, now a hamlet of Greve in Chianti, was first discovered by the Romans, who established vineyards and olive groves on the high hills they’d recognized as ideal farming country. Indeed, the well-aspected site overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea is characterized by a natural amphitheatre that is protected by Monte San Michele to the north and exposed to long hours of sunlight. In the Middle Ages production became so important that Lamole was protected by a castle built by the Florentine Gherardini family in 1350, whose extensive ruins can still be seen today. The village was famed for its production of orris root essence, obtained from the Florentine iris, a fragrance prized at the French court of Catherine de’ Medici. This tradition of quality, clearly exemplified in the complex system of terraces, continued over the following centuries, and in the 1800s Lamole was cited in contemporary publications as one of the “cradles” of fine Chianti.

The industrialization of the valley floor drew most of the village’s inhabitants away, making agriculture even more challenging and the sole preserve of a small group of tenacious farmers. This was the situation when the Lamole di Lamole estate entered the Santa Margherita Wine Group in 1993. Work immediately commenced to recover the old vineyards, restoring their original features. The long-abandoned terraces were rebuilt by hand (thus countering soil erosion), and broom, Florentine iris and other local species were planted.

This painstaking attention to the integrity of the natural environment and the landscape – a veritable “Lamole method” – continues today in the progressive organic conversion of the Lamole di Lamole vineyards and olive groves.

On the nose it gradually unfurls flowers, fruit, spice and gunflint in an intriguingly absorbing array of earthly wide-ranging aromatics. Sangiovese’s austere tannins are firmly in the traditional mould, underpinning progression on the subtly nuanced but very centred palate, which combines warmth, freshness, savouriness and minerality.

From the winery..

The historic Lamole di Lamole winery stands on a building dating from the mid-14th century: one of the storehouses of Lamole castle, which was progressively extended in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it houses the cellars where the estate’s wines are aged and its Vinsanto is fermented. Here you will not only find the latest vintages of our multi-award-winning Riserva Campolungo cru, but also the “historic memory” of Lamole di Lamole: dozens of bottles of past vintages that testify both to the ageing potential of the estate’s wines, derived from the unique terroir, and to the age-old knowledge that pervades this very special village. Over the years, the old ageing cellar and Vinsanto cellar have been joined by a more modern fermentation cellar in Lamole, just a stone’s throw from the piazza dominated by the Romanesque church of San Donato, and the new production facilities in Greti in Chianti, with a modern visitors’ centre.

This wine is made for roasted eggplant (drizzled in olive oil and seasalt), pork chops, and any native Tuscan recipes you have at the ready.

Wine Ratings

93 points – James Suckling

Wine Reviews

“Fresh, bright and fruity with chocolate, berry and hints of cream. Medium body, silky tannins and a crisp finish. Shows depth and interest. Drink or hold.”- James Suckling 

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