When you talk about the history of winemaking, there aren’t many places like Tuscany that can seamlessly trace their winemaking routes back by many centuries. Sure the French have some oldies too, but so many Tuscan wineries have been passed down from generation to generation, keeping the same traditions and building upon a winning recipe.
Case in point is Poggibonsi right outside the border of the Black Rooster historic Chianti area. There lies Ormanni’s estate, which has a history that goes back hundreds of years. With 60 hectares of vineyards on the Chianti/Chianti Classico border, the estate is one of the highest regarded wineries in the region with their innovative take on old-school practices.
Their neighbors seem to always take notice, as do the critics. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous called out the winery last year, saying “readers with classically leaning pallets will find much to admire. Their property along the border of Chianti Classico is amongst the most intriguing in the region.”
While Ormanni makes a number of wines– they have developed an incredibly strong reputation for their Sangiovese. Every year, their Sangiovese Big 3 of Chianti Classico, Riserva and Gran Selezione earn big time scores. Farming organically and using both cement and steel for fermenting, the winery takes their time with aging, with the wines eventually being switched to casks. These make for some crazy good and age-worthy wines that show beautifully in their youth.
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90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Camphor, new leather, dark spice and ripe wild berry aromas waft out of the glass. On the dense palate, close-grained tannins accompany roasted coffee bean, coconut, licorice and dried cherry. Drink through 2023.