Lanciola | Estate in Impruneta, 15 minutes from Florence in the Chianti Colli Fiorentini (Florence Hills) in Tuscany. It produces Chianti Classico DOCG and Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG red wines. It also produces Vin Santo Colli Fiorentini DOC and Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC Occhio di Pernice

Owner | Carla Ercoli Guarnieri; Giovanni Guarnieri.

Background | The Guarnieri family’s Lanciola estate in the hills south-east of Florence (Colli Fiorentini) has produced wine since the Middle Ages. In 1587 a cask of wine from here plus a bushel of wheat had to be paid as a church tax. Records show that in 1690 there were two Lanciola farms, belonging to the Ricci family. These stayed with them until 1846, when they sold to the De Larderel family, famous for the exploitation of boric acid fumaroles [what that?]) and the other. In 1974 Giovanni Guarnieri took over, under the supersion of Franco Bernabei.

Staff | Manager: Giacomo Guarnieri. Oen: Stefano Guarnieri. Also Elisa Dabizzi Guarnieri and Giancarlo Guarnieri.

Vineyards–Impruneta | 35ha (2010) in Impruneta. Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG.

Vineyards–Chianti Classico DOCG | 14ha In Greve in Chianti of land of which 10ha is vineyard. SW facing. 300 metres. Sangiovese plus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Canaiolo and Colorino.

White wines

Barbarello Bianco IGTTrebbiano Toscano.

Toscana Bianco IGT, Ricciobianco100% Chardonnay. Barrel fermented.

Red wines

Chianti dei Colli Fiorentini DOC2002 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, Merlot & Gamay. Stainless steel. Good weight of fruit, nicely constructed fruit, acid and tannin; essentially simple but a benchmark in an emerging DOC (Visit 2005).

Chianti Classico DOCG, Le Masse di GreveFrom Greve in Chianti. 300 metres. South west facing. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, Canaiolo Nero, Cabernet, Colorino. Barrel aged. | 2009 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Nero. Smoky oak dominates the nose, lozenge-like acidity (Commended, DWWA 2013). | 2017 Bit simple (Anteprima 2019).

Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Le Masse di Greve2016 Light, clear, soft, simple (Anteprima 2019).

Riccioneri, Toscana Rosso1998 Debut. 3,000 bottles. 25 year old Pinot Noir vines (1ha). These Pinot Noir vines were formerly used to produce spumante. Aged in barrel. 2002 Second vintage; light tired brownish colour, French oak too much for dry fruit tannins and flagging fruit (at Argiano 19 March 2005).

Toscana Rosso, Terricci1999 Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon. Stinky beetroot nose; and some VA; orange peel too. Decent colour and not over-extracted, but vegetal (at Argiano 19 March 2005).

Vin Santo

Vin Santo del Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOC | Lanciola’s ‘holy wine’ or Vin Santo is made from Trebbiano Toscano, and Malvasia del ChiantiVines at 200 metres, south-east facing, on clay-schist. The hand picked grape bunches are picked early (for acidity). They raisin by being hung inside after autumn harvest. The drying period lasts months, traditionally until Easter or ‘holy’ week, when the grapes have their juice pressed out. The juice becomes so concentrated with sugar it takes up to four years to ferment in small oak casks, leaving a bright amber coloured wine which is as savoury-sweet. 2007 Trebbiano & Malvasia. Unknown level of residual sugar. £30-59.99. Bright amber, lovely amontillado nose, dense sweetness, balanced, with new oak in tune, so satisfying. Gold medal, awarded the Sweet Tuscan Wine over £15 Trophy at DWWA 2nd May 2013.

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC Occhio di Pernice, Lanciola | From Sangiovese and Canaiolo at 200 metres, south-east facing, on clay-schist. Hand picked, dried for uptown five months. Then fermented four years in small oak casks. | 2009 Sangiovese and Canaiolo. Lovely soft sweet caramel notes (Anteprima 2020).