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US Debut - The Monovarietal Super Tuscan That "Readers Should Do Whatever They Can To Get."
August 28, 2020

U.S. Debut – The Highly Anticipated Release of Percarlo and Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole. Grand Cru Sangiovese that Can Satisfy the Brunello Enthusiasts and Beyond. Plus the “Truly Epic” Expression That “Readers Should Do Whatever They Can to Get.”

“Readers who want to discover what Sangiovese is all about without splurging for one of Tuscany’s higher priced bottlings may want to start here. This is as textbook as it gets… These are no longer among the most profound wines in Tuscany, or Italy for that matter. San Giusto is world-class.” — Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Right on the heels on of the Fontodi Flaccianello and Vigna del Sorbo, we are now presenting what might be the most exciting expressions of Sangiovese we will release this year – they are the US debut releases from San Giusto a Rentennano featuring the flagship Percarlo and Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole. We just tasted the 2017s and they are wines of meditation; if you love pure, unadulterated Sangiovese and the wines of Tuscany – this is an essential stop. You should be aware that yields are down more than 20% and we are one of the few retailers that can offer this vertical with large formats including an Imperial (6L) and mythical Balthazar (12L).

Sure, there are the prized selections of Montevertine Le Pergole Torte, Fontodi Flaccianello, and Isole e Olena Cepparello that arguably offer the finest expressions of Sangiovese from outside of Montalcino. What is missing from this illustrious Tuscan lineup is the quiet artisanal sleeper from the medieval monastery of San Giusto a Rentennano: Percarlo. Here, just outside of the walled city of Sienna, “San Giusto is one of the pearls of Italy. This small, family-run property is a great source for hand-made, artisan wines that reflect the best of the Tuscan vigneron spirit.”

Percarlo is the monovarietal Super Tuscan that drinks like a well-endowed Brunello of massive proportions, and it is the product of low-yielding vines located in six grand cru-like vineyard sites of Gaiole. This wine’s age-worthiness challenges that of Barolo and the finest Cabernets of the Medoc and Napa. Stylistically, this quiet sleeper of San Giusto is more amplified and powerful than Le Pergole Torte of Montevertine and the expansive Flaccianello of Fontodi. It is a wine that will appeal to Brunello and enthusiasts, but also those who appreciate structured Barolo. Just 1,000 cases of this cherished insider’s cult Sangiovese are produced for the world, and Antonio Galloni says it best when he said, “Luca Martini di Cigala's wines echo an artisan spirit that is often seen in Piedmont and Burgundy, but much less so in Chianti Classico.”

While it is undoubtedly Percarlo and Ricolma that steal the thunder at this prized address, the greatness of San Giusto begins with the estate’s Chianti Classico, but is taken to new heights with the prized and highly allocated Riserva Le Baroncole. Our beloved Giovanni Manetti of Fontodi may have said it best of his under-the-radar neighbor, “Enrico and Luca are making better Sangiovese than me…. It is incredible to me that more do not know about this estate.” Strong words from the maestro of Sangiovese! If you love Sangiovese, you will want to experience this pinnacle expression of Chianti Classico.

US Debut: San Giusto a Rentennano Riserva and Percarlo (Click to Order)

With an awesome history dating back to the ninth century, San Giusto came into its own under the watchful eye of Enrico Martini di Cigala and his son Luca. The estate converted to organic protocol in 2001, and yields are kept ridiculously low, with an emphasis on quality over quantity in the wines, which derive from soil that’s a few meters of sand and small stones over clay. The terroir and artisanship are arguably best captured in the estate’s flagship bottling Percarlo, the monovarietal Sangiovese, and in the small production La Ricolma, their pure-varietal Merlot. These wines are, as Antonio Galloni claims,
"No longer among the most profound wines in Tuscany, or Italy for that matter. San Giusto is world-class. It’s as simple as that."

Additional Notes and Reviews:

“San Giusto a Rentennano fans will be thrilled with these new releases. Luca Martini di Cigala's wines echo an artisan spirit that is often seen in Piedmont and Burgundy, but much less so in Chianti Classico. These wines breath with humanity and a total dedication to the vineyard. Quite frankly, I wish there were more estates operating at this level. The fact that there aren't makes San Giusto all the more special.” –Antonio Galloni, Vinous

2018 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “While it is undoubtedly Percarlo and Ricolma that steal the show at this prized address in the Tuscan hills, the greatness of San Giusto begins with the straight Chianti Classico – no Gran Selezione or Riserva – straight Chianti Classico. A traditional blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo. The 2018 has elements of 2015 and 2016. It is an inviting expression, a mouthful of generous and strikingly pure fruit that quickly gives way to San Guisto’s signature gripping tannins and dry finish. While expansive and ripe, this wine screams freshness and is incredibly light on its feet. You can expect nuances of blackberries, plum, sour cherries, fresh violets, wild herbs, minerality with a touch of salinity. An exciting wine that changes your perception of simple Chianti Classico. For today, I want this with a juicy burger or sausage pizza.”

2017 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baroncole
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Stunning. The color alone was worth the price of admission. This might just be the finest Chianti expression from the 2017 vintage. Yes, there is dark fruit from the warm vintage, but there is so many layers here. There is awesome mouthwatering acidity that will please the Sangiovese purist, there is muscle that can satisfy the Brunello drinker, there is firmness that will impress the Barolo fan, and there are layers of depth and complexity that fill the flavors spectrum that can even satisfy the old Rioja enthusiast. First and foremost – it is a pinnacle expression of Sangiovese from Gaiole. You can expect nuances of black cherries, plum, wild berries, a touch of citrus, black tea, tobacco, wild herbs, smoke, baked earth and more. The wine finishes firm and dry, and you can feel the longevity in the wine. This is a serious Chianti Classico Riserva with power and depth that can take on Montalcino.”

2016 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “WOW… what a wine! The inside scoop on this insider wine is that is that even the Sangiovese Maestro, Giovanni Manetti of Flaccianello says, this is the guy to watch, he makes better wine than me. Hard to image given our love affair with Flaccianello over the past 20 years, but Giovanni is correct. Percarlo flies under the radar and demands attention. For IWM, this is the most powerful, structured, and masculine expression of Sangiovese we have tasted from 2016. We tasted the wines over three days, and as the tannins softened, and the dense fruit integrated, there were stunning nuances of black cherry, blood orange, crushed rose petals, herbs and minerals. I have to believe this 2016 can age longer than Biondi-Santi’s finest Riserva. A wine of the vintage… hands down.”

99 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2016 Percarlo captures all of the beauty it has always shown in the cellar. Pliant, silky and exceptionally polished, the 2016 simply has it all. Freshly cut flowers, rose petal, mint, spice and blood orange add striking aromatic nuance to a core of brilliant Sangiovese fruit. Powerful and ample, with superb aromatic lift, the 2016 Percarlo is exceptionally beautiful and moving from the very first taste. A whole range of floral and mineral notes extend the finish effortless. The tannins need time to soften, so readers should plan on at least a few years of cellaring. In a word: compelling.”

2015 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo
98 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2015 Percarlo, the estate's 100% Sangiovese, towers in the glass with huge, dark fruit to match its powerful, vertical structure. Ample and expansive on the palate, with huge textural depth, the 2015 is a total stunner. The darker, more muscular side of Sangiovese emerges in this gorgeous, absolutely stunning wine. Black cherry, lavender, spice and smoke overtones fill out the wine's big frame effortlessly. Proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala aged the 2015 in a combination of cask and tonneau. The 2015 Percarlo is a riveting wine readers will not want to miss.”

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