Meet Simone Santini
An Extraordinary Organic Wine Grower
From the Hills of San Gimignano & Chianti Colli Senesi

While visiting Tuscany last May, we met and positively fell in 'wine' love with Simone Santini from Le Calcinaie in San Gimignano/Chianti Colli Senesi. His organic Vernaccia whites and Chianti reds are so tasty, pure and authentically Italiano from his 30 acre vineyard. He had been recently awarded the Best Vernaccia in Decanter magazine at the time of our visit, and he was just featured in the April 30, 2019 issue of Wine Spectator with a photo and everything! Like the man himself, these wines are so joyful, pure and authentic. We have been carrying his straight up Vernaccia for quite some time and we special ordered his Vernaccia Riserva 2015 for this event/the summer. We are also awaiting the new vintage of Chianti Colli Senesi 2018 (we sold a bunch of the 2016), AND we are finally receiving his glorious 2013 Chianti Riserva which we tasted with him in person at the winery, right out of the barrel. It was so delicious and very traditional in style, exactly how we like it. Simone's wines have balance, elegance, purity, joyfulness and wonderful Italian soul, PLUS they are 100% Organic! We cannot wait for his arrival!! We urge you to SAVE THE DATE:)

Cheers! the Murray family


Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2017

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RATED 90 WINE SPECTATOR: 'A rich, supple texture envelops honey, almond, butter and white pepper flavors here. Balanced and focused, gaining a mineral edge on the finish. Drink now through 2022.' This white is made of 100% Vernaccia grape, aged in stainless steel. It's super fresh and thirst quenching with lemon, mineral, white flower and white melon flavors. Serve with goat and sheep's milk cheeses, shellfish and lemony chicken dishes.

“Tenuta le Calcinaie is a breakout winery in this report. Their Vernaccia-based wines all performed beautifully. I look forward to tasting more from this small estate in the future.” –Wine Advocate


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