San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 1997
The 1997 Percarlo is stunning. It is also impossibly young. Dark red cherries, flowers and mint wrap around the palate in this sensual, inviting wine. In keeping with the qualities of the warm year, the 1997 emphasizes textural depth and richness rather then the more aromatic, firm style that defines cooler years such as 1996. The 1997 is drop dead gorgeous today. I imagine the 1997 will age faster than the 1996, but that shouldn't be much of a problem given the wine's exceptional balance. Layers of fruit built to the huge, textured finish. This is a decidedly flashy wine. I have always had a soft spot for the 1997. This bottle more than exceeded my expectations. 97 Points Antonio Galloni June 2012
Fattoria San Giusto a Rentennano is a famous Tuscan wine estate known for both Chianti Classico and high-quality, single-variety IGT wines. The winery is owned and run by the Martini di Cigala family in the village of Gaiole. The winery and cellars are in what was once a medieval convent for Cistercian nuns. In the 13th Century, it was restructured into a fortress whose underground fortifications are now the winery's cellars. San Giusto a Rentennano's vineyards have been certified organic since 2006. San Giusto a Rentennano makes a Chianti Classico and a Classico Riserva, but the winery's fame comes from its two Toscana IGT wines: a very limited production Merlot called "La Ricolma", and a 100-percent Sangiovese called "Percarlo". The winery has exacting standards and is prepared not to produce Percarlo in poor vintages, such as happened in 2000 and 2002.