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Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva Le Lucciole 2020
Deze jongedame beheert niet enkel het ouderlijke domein, maar produceert onder haar eigen naam ook enkele bijzonder mooie wijnen in Romagna in de AOP Predappio, één van de oudste herkomstbenamingen. Deze is van 100% Sangiovese en rijpt deels op vaten van Sloveense eik. Het is een heerlijk geurende, fruitige pure Sangiovese die onmiddellijk ons hart stal.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “Chiara Condello began her wine-life working in her family winery, also located in Romagna. In 2015, she started her own project after locating a parcel of older vines (averaging around forty years old) that ran along the hillsides of Predappio in the foothills of the Apennines mountains with north and northeastern exposures. These sites are important when considering the increasing temperatures that the region has witnessed over the last few decades. All practices are organic in the vineyards, followed by indigenous yeast fermentations, minimal temperature control, long macerations and refinement in large neutral wood vessels in the cellar. With each passing vintage, the wines at this estate continue to get better and better. Even her “entry-level” Romagna Sangiovese Predappio, a blend of three vineyards, can put many of the top wines of the region to shame. While you could say that it’s meant for earlier consumption and easier drinking, there is so much character packed into this classic varietal expression, and there is no harm in cellaring it for three to five years or more. Then there is the Le Lucciole Riserva, which is a single-vineyard expression, notable for its rocky soils rich in the Spungone (a pliocenic sandstone consisting of ancient corals and shells). These vines suffer here, producing much less yet extremely characterful fruit. Le Lucciole undergoes a longer maceration and time in Slavonian oak barrels, and it emerges as a testament to Romagna Sangiovese. The wine is extremely vintage-dependent, specifically since it is the expression from one single parcel; yet even in the warm years, or cold and wet ones, it shows remarkable depth, balance and purity. The only sad thing is that word about Chiara Condello and her accomplishments has gotten out, and the wines have begun to disappear quickly.”