Alberese 2014, Fattoria di Sammontana, Tuscany, Italy

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In a classic wine region such as Chianti, it is rare to find wine makers that buck the trend, but at Fattoria Sommontana we have discovered just that. Strangely, bucking the trend in this instance means first going back to more traditional techniques in the vineyard and then employing a more innovative approach in the cellar. As Aristotle (and indeed Confucius and Buddha) might say – the middle path is best. The name of this wine pays homage to the limestone based Alberese soil that predominates in Chianti and to which the Sangiovese grape is so amenable. It comes from the lesser known Colli Fiorentini DOCG to the South West of Florence and is made up of Sangiovese with a touch of the white Trebbiano – a nod to Chianti of old. It is an uncomplicated (unoaked) but delicious, easy drinking wine packed with energetic red fruit and typical Tuscan earthiness.