Corzano e Paterno "I Tre Borri" 2017


One of the most storied and ancient histories we've ever come across. The Corzano estate is in the hamlet of San Casciano Val di Pesa, bordering the "Classico" zone of Chianti and just ten miles from Florence. This estate dates to the 13th century and was once owned by the Machiavelli family, where Niccolò Machiavelli lived out his days in exile.

After Machiavelli's imprisonment by the Medici family, in 1513 he retired to San Casciano Val di Pesa, essentially in exile, where he authored the many treatises so well known now.

In 1975, the Goldschmidt family purchased the estate from the Marchesa Rangoni-Machiavelli with the promise it would not be divided or sold off piecemeal. Today the  family continues to honor this promise; Aljoscha Goldschmidt manages the estate and his sister Arianna is the head winemaker. It is a working farm and everything is completely natural, from solar power to organic practices. They also produce a serious olive oil and make several heavenly cheeses from animals on their farm, which are quickly snatched up by the Michelin-star restaurants in nearby Florence (we tried to import some to no avail).

Their "I Tre Borri" bottling is essentially a Chianti Reserva in terms of its aging regimen, although they declassify it as Toscana IGT to differentiate. 100% Sangiovese and produced only in the best selected years, it is aged 25 months in botti (large oval oak) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

It's a brilliant ruby in the glass, brimming with blood orange, red cherry, roses, leather, and fragrant Asian spices. It's pure Sangiovese through-and-through. Bright, tangy-citrus and lively on the palate yet also plump and chewy, with solid tannins that hint at its longevity – certainly ready to enjoy now but will age for another decade, easily. This wine holds its own among the top Reservi Sangiovese out there.

800 years of history, totally organic, and small production. For all the Chianti lovers out there don't miss out!

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