2020 Cabernet Franc, Poggio de’ Colli, Piaggia
£348 per 6 bottle case including duty and VAT
A pure Cabernet Franc produced from old French clones on the Poggio de’ Colli vineyard. Only fruit from the best plots is selected.
The Poggio de' Colli is breath-taking – I scribbled in my note that it is the kind of wine that the team at Pomerol’s Château Lafleur would appreciate, the quality of the Cabernet Franc is stunning. This shows deep in the glass, ripe berry fruits, red and dark, with a certain savoury note and subtle background toastiness on the nose. So pure and focused, with beautifully detailed tannins, ripe and fine. This is an incredibly refined Cabernet Franc – nothing forced, no heavy overlay of oak, just super subtle framing. There is a note of sweet spice and a mineral note that punctuates the finish. So easy to appreciate now, but this gets better and better in the glass. So impressive – that freshness and purity is utterly mesmerising. An exercise in refinement with a deep core of fruit and no lack of richness. This is special. Drink 2025 to 2035 (SL)
97 points, Eric Guido, vinous.com
The darkly alluring 2020 Cabernet Franc Poggio de' Colli takes its time in the glass, slowly awakening with a dusty mix of red currants, pepper-tinged rose, exotic curries and the slightest touch of animal musk that adds gravitas. This is velvety smooth yet finessed. It's cool-toned in feel with a potent wave of tart raspberry fruits that saturates the palate with savory spice and mineral tones. It leaves a coating of fine tannins and a staining of berry concentration through the finale, tapering off sapid and long, yet perfectly balanced. What a radiant vintage for the Poggio de' Colli, Piaggia's varietal Cabernet Franc. Revisit it in five years to see some real sparks fly. Drink 2026-2034.
2019 Carmignano Riserva, Piaggia
£264 per 6 bottle case including duty and VAT
This wine is the standard bearer for the estate and comes from an old vineyard near Poggetto, which is subject to rigorous selection. It is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. Aged in French oak barriques for 18 months.
A different expression, but just as compelling. Bright in the glass, with a captivating juicy, fresh mélange of summer berry on the nose with a floral lift, all cassis, raspberry, and fragrant red fruits. Once more wonderfully pure, there is a more accessible and supple accent here in contrast to the Poggio de’ Colli, and yet still tons of potential. Layered, almost cushioned on the palate – packed with juicy, mashed summer fruits, a certain minty freshness and sweet baking spice. The way the acidity underscores the palate renders this so appealing and the near perfect extraction means the tannins are so sleek and refined. This is another spectacular wine – how could I not have come across this before? A brilliant example from an under-appreciated Tuscan terroir. Drink 2025 to 2032 (SL)
96 points, Eric Guido, vinous.com
It's hard to put the glass down while exploring the depths of raspberry compote, dried orange peels, roses, exotic spice and a dusting of cocoa that form the absolutely stunning bouquet of the 2019 Carmignano Riserva Piaggia. This is pure elegance. It's silky and refined as liquid violet florals and ripe red and black fruits easily rush across the palate. Its vibrant acidity maintains exceptional finesse despite the massive primary concentration slowly taking hold. The 2019 finishes long with a coating of sweet tannins and balsamic-tinged cherry. The balance here is amazing, which might trick readers into finishing their bottles far too quickly, but trust me, the best is truly yet to come. This is Rock Star juice. Drink : 2024-2034.