A wine so rich, and so expressive of the essence of the region I told John Matta it should be called “Eaux de Tuscany” (the French not withstanding). Deep, dark purpose, almost opaque, with a nose of smoke and truffles. Highly concentrated flavors of ripe blackberries with soft tannins. Absolutely luscious and the star of the trip as far as everyone was concerned. Certainly the finest expression of a great Chianti I have ever tasted. Drink with pasta with meat ragù or grilled T-bone. Very highly recommended. (NOTE: We tasted the ’08 at the estate, which had not yet been exported. I have since tasted the ‘07 which has reached these shores, and it is equally spectacular, if not a tad more so.) GT

WHO: Castello Vicchiomaggio
WHAT: Sangiovese
WHERE: Greve in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: N/A ($39.99 for the available ’07)

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for PalatePress.com. He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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