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October 31, 2014
ANOTHER CLASSICO DÉJÀ VU DEAL

It has been a good time for Chianti of late, though right now you're probably experiencing a little déjà vu since we sent out an offer on Il Molino di Grace just last week. We had 20 cases of their 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva on closeout, and it sold out immediately. If you missed out on that deal, however, don't worry. Today we are featuring another terrific buy from this producer.

By now we shouldn't have to prater on about the spectacular 2010 vintage in Tuscany, and today's offer is another distinctive example. The 2010 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico is made entirely from Sangiovese (100%), sourced from 30-year-old vines. The native galestro soil (marl and limestone) is definitely in play here, giving the wine that special minerality found in the Chianti Classico terroir. The wine sees 11 months in steel vats, Slavonian oak casks, and 2nd-use French tonneaux.

Decanter Magazine gave it 95 points, which made us a little skeptical since there seems to be a bit of inflation with respect to scores lately. As always, we had to taste the wine for ourselves. The wine opens up with textbook notes of cherries, plums, and strawberries, mixed with spice box, tobacco, and wild herbs.

It really began to bloom after 30 minutes in a manner similar to a classic Rioja, where a sweet core of plum and dark fruits come to the forefront surrounded by herbs and spice. This is a gorgeous little Chianti that you can drink on its own (can't fault the Brits on this one). Simply put, this is a lot of wine for the money!

We were able to negotiate a special purchase on this one, dropping the price by one-third from its original release cost. This is clearly a no-brainer deal for you Chianti lovers. You have a killer Chianti Classico with all the stuffing from the heralded 2010 vintage for under $15! Case buy anyone?

IL MOLINO DI GRACE 2010 CHIANTI CLASSICO ** SPECIAL PURCHASE ** RELEASE COST $23!
score: DEC 95
JS 90

add to cart $14.99   add a case $179.88

Decanter Magazine: "Complex and very long on the nose, with damson fruit, sweet spice and an underlying earthiness. Medium weight palate with tight, fine tannins and excellent follow through, finishing with ripe rich fruit and wild herb notes. Drink 2013-2020." 

James Suckling writes: "This is a very solid and tight Chianti Classico with black cherries and sliced mushrooms. Full body, firm tannins and a medium finish. Solid a... read more

 

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