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At a glance:
- Traditional crunchy red-fruit Chianti from a certified organic producer.
- Villa Migliarina is from from the 1600’s, where you might want to stay on your next off-beat Tuscany trip.
- This is the B side of Chianti, straddling the Chianti Classico zone and the Colli Aretini, though officially in the Colli Aretini.
- Tremendous value.
A 500 hectare hunting reserve, 28 hectares of vineyards, a 1600’s Villa, native yeasts ferments in cement: these are the ingredients for a traditional, crunchy red-fruit Chianti.
Add in a place you can stay while on your next Tuscan vacation that’s neither stuffy or nor touristy, and there you have Migliarina Montozzi [MILLIO-ree-na & MON-toz-zee] in a nutshell. Created in the 1600’s, Villa Migliarina is around 45 minutes south of Florence, between the towns of Arezzo and Siena, on the western edge of the Colli Arentini hills. Looking at the predominance of the sand and lime in this soil analysis, you’ll understand how these wines highlight a terse and mineral side of Sangiovese, with fine tannins and a vinous drinkability.
Cousins Antonio and Carlo Bartolini Baldelli maintain the both the villa and estate to keep it true to tradition. It’s no easy feat. Many producers go the route of renting out for photo shoots and wedding, instead of concentrating on excellence in the vineyards and cellar. We are lucky to have such down down to earth people, making such honest wines.