Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva 'Le Lucciole' Sangiovese Piccolo 6pk 2016

Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva 'Le Lucciole' Sangiovese Piccolo 6pk 2016

Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva 'Le Lucciole' Sangiovese Piccolo 6pk 2016
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Winery Details

    Chiara Condello is proving a popular name among Michelin restaurant lists in France with her delicate and finely perfumed Sangiovese Piccolo wines. She grew up in the town of Predappio right near the resort and winery of Condé, owned by her father Francesco. The project under her own name, created with beautifully modern labels, is from a small parcel of land she chose from her father's estate, close to a forest where the vines are deeply rooted in calcareous-clay soil, prime for Sangiovese. Chiara is driven by a deep respect for the land and has followed the path of organic viticulture and handcrafting her wines with indigenous yeasts, gravity-fed tanks and without filtration. Read More

    Italy’s Best-Kept Secrets: By Eric Guido, Vinous (June 2020)

    “Centered in the province of Forli, a new focus on terroir is emerging in Predappio, where we find Chiara Condello, who after only three vintages is already wowing Sangiovese lovers around the world. Here we are in the foothills of the Apennines, with sedimentary soils consisting of a unique formation of marine origin named spungone, made up of calcareous sandstone with large, porous seashells strewn throughout. The most interesting part is that these hillside vineyards have existed for decades; it simply took a new way of thinking to bring them to life. After 15 years of reading about the potential of Sangiovese in Romagna, I’m happy to report that today it has finally been realized within the region itself.”

Press Review

    Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva Le Lucciole Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese is grown all over Italy and, while Tuscany might be its spiritual home, there are plenty of other regions that produce delicious examples. This version, the Reserve bottling from Chiara Condello, is stacked full of personality and flavour, with a distinct nod to the Brunellos of Montalcino.
    It is a mid ruby colour with a little age showing but that is to be expected. Dark cherry, baked earth, spice, tobacco and dried herbs – the fruit is still bright and vibrant which bodes well for the future. It takes a delightfully rustic turn on the palate more in the tobacco, charcuterie and truffle flavour zone. The tannins are firm and sinewy but welcoming before supporting a tarry, meaty finish. Enjoy slowly in front of an open fire.
    Rating: 95 Points
    Source: Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

    Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva Le Lucciole Sangiovese 2016
    Here we have a Chiara Condello wine in top form: bright red and characterized by an almost cheerful disposition of red and blue fruit, enticingly complicated by herbs and balsamic vinegar nuances. Rich, dense and really quite good, this finishes long and clean with a seamless quality and truly beautiful purity and precision to its red cherry fruit and mineral flavours. This very young wine is a real knockout and it will only improve further with a few more years spent in a good cellar. Brava! Drinking window: now-2028
    Rating: 94+ points
    Source: Ian D’Agata - Terroir Sense

    Chiara Condello Predappio Riserva Le Lucciole Sangiovese 2016
    Sourced from a small parcel within Chiara Condello's vineyard, which is unique for its east-facing exposition and poor soils, the incredibly elegant and refined 2016 Le Lucciole Riserva really leaves an impression. Here I'm finding a remarkably fresh and cool-toned expression, displaying dusty ripe cherry, smoke and sweet red florals, grounded by a hint of pure silk release tart cherries brought to life by vibrant acids, as saline-minerals saturate the senses and hints of fine tannin add balance. The finish is long, displaying mineral-laden bright red fruits, kept in motion by lingering acids, while hints of fine tannin persist in this classically structured Sangiovese. Elegance personified.
    Rating: 94 Points

    Source: Eric Guido, Vinous