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
The 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.