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)

About The Author

Gary Thomas
Wine Review Editor

Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.