Owner | Luca and Valeria Orsini. They left Milan for Tuscany in 1991, where they had respectively worked as a math professor and architect. The difficult 1992 vintage was their first.
The name | Le Cinciole derives from ‘land of Quintius’.
Staff | Consultant oenologist: Stefano Chioccioli.
Vineyards | 13 hectares in the Conca d’Oro in Panzano, Greve in Chianti. 400-450 metres, Mainly galestro soil mixed with sand and chalk. With a total of 13 hectares planted to vines, 11ha are currently in production. Another 5ha are planted to olive groves. From the Petresco vineyard see below.
Certification | 2000 First vintage with full organic certification.
IGT Toscana Rosato | 2012 Sangiovese. Bit tired at Millésime Bio Jan 2014.
Chianti Classico DOCG, Le Cinciole | Made using traditional Chianti Classico grape varieties (a tiny percentage of Canaiolo is blended in with Sangiovese) and vinified in large vats. | 2009 25-30,000 bottles. 98% Sangiovese, 2% Canaiolo. Credible mid-ruby, slightly soft tannins and confected fruit (RAW 2012). | 2010 100% Sangiovese. OK, firm, decent bright fruit, clean warmish style with some chocolate (Millésime Bio 2014). | 2014 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Aluigi | ‘To Luigi’. | 2014 100% Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Petresco | Now an IGT–see below.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Petresco | From limestone (‘alberese‘) soils. | 2013 100% Sangiovese. Soft, well made (RAW 2012). | 2009 100% Sangiovese. 2nd year oak. Nice deep fruit and balanced oak (Millésime Bio 2014).
Toscana Rosso IGT, Le Cinciole Rosso | 2011 60% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (and Syrah I think). €5.30. Smoky, young vines (Millésime Bio 2014).
Toscana Rosso IGT, Camalaione Rosso | 2007 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, Syrah. Barrel aged. | 2009 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% each Merlot and Sangiovese. 24 months in oak. Thickish mint and blackberry (Millésime Bio 2014).
From 5ha of olive groves.
Via Case Sparse, 83
I-50020 Panzano in Chianti (FI = Firenze), Italy
Tel+39 055.852636 | www.lecinciole.it
RAW 2012, London Monday 21st May.