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Wine Spectator: 90 Points for Cecchi Toscana COEVO

CHI Coevo trim

Here’s a new review from the Wine Spectator of the 2011 Toscana COEVO. It appears in the July 31, 2015, issue.

Toscana Coevo 2011
90 points
Aromatic, revealing spice, tobacco and underbrush flavors around the core of cherry and plum. Overall, this is compact, and needs a year to settle down. Fine length. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2016 through 2025. 1,250 cases made. –Bruce Sanderson.

Cecchi Highlighted in Morellino di Scansano Feature

Kristin Bieler, writing in the June 2015 Beverage Media, takes a close look at Morellino di Scansano and finds Cecchi to be one of the top producers of this Italian red wine that “offers loads of character at gentler prices than its neighbors.”

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In addition to the selection of the Cecchi as one of the top Morellinos, the Beverage Media article also turns to Andrea Cecchi for insight into what makes Sangiovese from this corner of the Tuscan coast so special.

“Andrea Cecchi, whose family has made wine in the region for almost two decades, points also to the soil make-up: “The Sandy soil, locally called ‘Terrenello’ is less calcerous, and lower pH levels compared to the Chianti area, which helps result in less aggressive wines wih a more approachable style.”

You can see the full article online here.

Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points for Chianti Classico and Riserva di Famiglia

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The July 2015 Wine Enthusiast includes new reviews from Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe, and Ceechi checks in with two outstanding scores: 90 points for both the 2012 Chianti Classico and the 2011 Riserva di Famiglia. In addition, the Chianti Classico was selected for an “Editor’s Choice” award. Here are the reviews:

90 Cecchi 2012 Chianti Classico
Aromas of underbrush, wild flower, leather and ripe berry lead the nose. The juicy palate offers black cherry, cinnamon, anise and a hint of game alongside fresh acidity and velvety tannins. Drink through 2017. Terlato Wines International. Editor’s Choice. – K.O. abv: 13%  Price: $18

90 Cecchi 2011 Riserva di Famiglia (Chianti Classico)
Leafy underbrush, scorched earth, tobacco, vanilla, toasted oak and spiced plum aromas lead the nose. The smooth palate offers crushed black cherry, game, grilled herb, espresso and cooking spice. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide support. – K.O. abv: 13%  Price: $35

Cecchi Family Continues to Invest in Chianti Classico Region

cecchi new classico investmentThe  Cecchi family has recently acquired the historical Chianti estate VILLA ROSA owned by the Lucherini-Bandini family since the 1960s.

The Lucherini-Bandini and Cecchi families have known each other for many years, and have also shared a long business relationship in other forms of agriculture.

Villa Rosa Estate is in the Chianti Classico area, in a beautiful hilly position in Castellina in Chianti, and it also includes one of the biggest cypress forests in Europe. At an altitude of 350 m above sea level, the estate is 125 hectares, 25 of which are under vine. The Cecchi family has been searching for vineyards for some time in such a vaunted area of Chianti Classico, but possessing different characteristics from the properties that they already own.

The wine produced from this estate’s vineyards will be part of the Cecchi portfolio, with more definition and details on this to follow.

The Cecchi family is very happy and proud to be able to acquire such a wonderful property, and to be able to create another fine “cru’” in the Chianti Classico region. This new project, and the genuine passion with which the Cecchi family is undertaking it, demonstrates the family’s genuine love for the land that they have called home for many generations.

2011 Coevo: 95-97 Points from Tuscan Vines

2011 Coevo – 95-97

Coevo_NV-75The past is gone and the future doesn’t exist yet. Time is now. Coevo, is contemporary. First created in 2006, Cecchi’s Coevo is only made in the absolute best vintages and the blend, a contemporaneous portrayal of the current vintage, changes each year. This is the 4th Tre Bicchieri for Coevo. The 2011 is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Petit Verdot, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet. The former and latter varieties come from Cecchi’s estate in Castellina and the middle varieties from their estate in Maremma. The result is a snapshot of the Tuscan vintage across the region. Coevo is awesome. It’s fast becoming one of my favorite Tuscans and deserves the accolades it receives. It’s soulful, complex, rich, ripe and concentrated and although it’s a blend of many grapes, it’s consistently based in a majority of Sangiovese that allows the wine to retain true Tuscan character…It’s a full bodied wine complete with aromas of leather, black fruit, tobacco, earth and spices. Flavors follow the nose and the wine is in near perfect balance between fruit, tannin, acid and complexity.

Tuscan Vines
2/16/2015

Terlato Adds Cecchi Wines from Tuscany to Luxury Wine Portfolio

LAKE BLUFF, Ill., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Terlato Wines today announced a new partnership to take over the U.S. sales and marketing of Cecchi, a leading producer in Chianti Classico and other Tuscan wines, effective Jan. 1, 2015.  The long-term agreement with the Cecchi family adds depth and diversity to the Terlato Italian portfolio with a highly regarded and established premium brand from Tuscany’s renowned Chianti Classico region.

CECCHI NEW LOGO-thumbCecchi has been producing premium wines from single vineyard estates in Tuscany for more than 120 years, and is in its fourth generation of family management with brothers Cesare and Andrea Cecchi – great grandsons of founder Luigi Cecchi — leading the winery today.  They have invested significantly in expanding their vineyard holdings and modernizing their wineries and winemaking operations, always with a goal of improving the quality of their wines.  The Cecchi brand has been sold in the U.S. for more than 25 years.  Today, Cecchi is a leading Tuscan brand, focused on its range of wines from Chianti Classico, with additional wines from Maremma and Umbria.

“We started discussions with Cesare and Andrea earlier this year, as they initiated their search for a new U.S. importer,” said Terlato Wines Chief Executive William A. Terlato. “Cesare and Andrea wanted to make certain they chose the right long-term partner to build their brand in the U.S. market.  A blind tasting conducted at their winery convinced us that their winemaking approach and commitment to quality would make Cecchi an ideal fit in our portfolio.  Both families are aligned on the brand’s untapped potential.  We have an opportunity to build a leadership position in the Chianti Classico category and establish a stronger brand presence with the current portfolio and some exceptional new wines.”

Terlato will import a collection of wines from Cecchi, but will focus on a targeted range of six wines that are key expressions of Cecchi’s Tuscan heritage and their diversity of vineyard holdings, including: Chianti Classico DOCG; Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia DOCG; Coevo IGT Toscana; La Mora Vermentino DOC Maremma Toscana; La Mora Morellino di Scansano DOCG and; Sangiovese IGT Toscana.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the Terlato family,” said Cesare Cecchi.   “Terlato Wines is widely known as the leading luxury importer in the U.S., and we know our partnership will build our U.S. brand presence and image.  They are a great fit for us.”

Terlato Wines has a global portfolio of more than 70 brands from world class wine producers in more than a dozen countries and controls a 20 percent market share of wines $20 and up in the U.S. Terlato Wines garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world and is a division of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company comprising several small businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family for four generations, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions including: Napa Valley;Sonoma County; Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhone Valley in France and; Montalcino, Italy.

The Terlato Wines portfolio of brands includes: Napa Valley: Chimney Rock, EPISODE, Galaxy, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Luke DonaldCollection, Markham Vineyards,  Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards; Sonoma County:  Alderbrook, Giarrusso, Hanna, Rochioli, The Federalist, Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Flor de Campo, Sanford; California Appellation: Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Mike Ditka Wines, Seven Daughters;  Oregon: Sokol Blosser; Washington State:Grace Lane; Argentina: Cuarto Dominio, Tamari; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, the Lucky Country, Twelftree, Two Hands; Austria: Kracher; Canada: Peller Estates; Chile: Lapostolle; France: Belleruche by M. Chapoutier, Champagne Bollinger, Chateau de Sancerre, Chateau Timberlay, Chanson Pere & Fils, Domaine Ramonet, Langlois-Chateau, M. Chapoutier, MARIUS, Mischief & Mayhem; Greece: Boutari, Elios; Italy: Anselmi, Berlucchi, Ca’Marcanda (GAJA Toscana), Cecchi, Colavita, Cusumano, Fizz 56, GAJA, Goretti, Il Poggione, Mazzoni (Toscana), Nino Franco, Santa Margherita, Torresella,; Japan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake;Mediterranean: Elios; New Zealand: Loveblock, Turning Heads, Wairau River; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Protea, Rust en Vrede; Spain: Bodegas Valdemar, Marco AbellaArtisan Spirits: Adelphi Selections Scotch, Distillatori Nonino (Grappa), Don Pancho Origenes Rum, Heartland Prohibition Gin, Langley’s No. 8 Gin; Marnier Cognac, Riazul Tequila, Spring Mill Bourbon, Tigre Blanc Vodka and Tiramisu Liqueur.