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New Reviews from International Wine Report


CECCHI ‘Coevo’ 2010
The 2010 ‘Coevo’ is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are from Castellina in Chianti and the Merlot and Petit Verdot are from Maremma in Tusany. The attractive nose delivers lovely aromas and flavors of blackberries, dark cherries and fresh violets followed by hints of dark chocolate, smoked meat and tobacco. The structure and balance is impressive, getting lift from the underlying acidity and firm tannins as it heads into the long, polished finish. This is an age worthy wine that will require 3-4 years before it will be at its peak. (Best 2018-2030 ) – July, 2015 (MD)

CECCHI Chianti Classico ‘Riserva di Famiglia’ 2011
The 2011 Cecchi Riserva di Famiglia is a classic example of Chianti Classico. It offers aromas dark cherries, raspberries, stewed plums, dark roasted coffee, spices and earthy notes. Well balanced, leaning more towards the full side with a silky texture and plush fruit. This is a solid bottling from the Cecchi Family, which most should enjoy. The 90% Sangiovese is blended with 10% local varieties and spends 12 months in oak barrels prior to being bottled 18 months after harvest. (Best 2015-2025) – July, 2015 (MD)

CECCHI Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011
The Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is an excellent showing in 2011, offering aromas and flavors of blackberries and dried cherries followed by leather, exit spices, damp soil along with a touch of floral and mineral notes which all come together in a rustic style. The medium-full body is well balanced and backed by fine, silky tannins and finishing up with long, grippy. Composed of 90% Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile), 10% other red varietals. Aged in small, oak barrels for 24 months, followed by 3-4 months bottle-ageing before release. (Best 2016-2025) – May, 2015 (JD)

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Leonardo Raspini Named Cecchi General Manager

From Shanken News Daily:

Tuscany’s Cecchi winery, part of the Terlato Wines import portfolio, has named Leonardo Raspini as general manager, effective September 1. Raspini has previously held managerial roles with Cantine Lungarotti, Tenimenti Angelini and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, and in his new post will oversee a Cecchi business that comprises 300 hectares (740 acres) and has annual turnover of €36 million ($39m). Cecchi joined the Terlato stable in the U.S. last year.

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Wine Spectator Reviews Cecchi’s Chiantis

castellinaNew reviews are in from Wine Spectator on the Cecchi portfolio of Chiantis.

Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia 2011
91 points
A muscular, powerhouse red, boasting black cherry, plum, black pepper and tobacco flavors. Bright and dense at once, with a lingering aftertaste conjuring up tar and spice accents. Best from 2017 through 2025. 5,000 cases made.

Cecchi Chianti Classico 2012
89 points
This red combines black cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco flavors with solid tannins and crisp acidity. Finishes on the sleek side. Best from 2017 through 2023. 125,000 cases mad

Cecchi Chianti 2013
89 points
A beam of pure cherry is the focus of this red, showing accents of tobacco, earth and spice. Well-balanced, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 166,000 cases made.

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.”

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

Chiantis together

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.