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The November 2022 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 11/25/2022 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #585. San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 2004

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Region: Italy, Tuscany.
Score: 96 AG.
"The 2004 Percarlo is a wine of extraordinary grace, purity and class. Freshly cut flowers, spices, plums cherries and sweet spices are some of the many notes that are woven together in this super-refined, polished Percarlo. Today the aromas and flavors are still quite primary, while it is the silkiness of the tannin that is most remarkable. The 2004 is a medium-bodied Percarlo built on pure length and energy. This complete vertical of San Giusto a Rentennano’s flagship Sangiovese Percarlo left me speechless. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala showed me every vintage of Percarlo, back to the inaugural 1983, a wine that has now run its full course. I was deeply struck by the consistency of the wines from year to year, and even more importantly, by the great showing of a number of wines from long forgotten harvests, proving yet again the importance of choosing producer over vintage. Percarlo started off as a selection of the estate’s best vineyards. In 2001 the Martini di Cigalas moved to a bunch-by-bunch selection across all of the fruit that comes into the winery, an approach they favor because of the huge inconsistency Sangiovese often shows from vine to vine, and even within the same cluster. I also tasted a few vintages of the Chianti Classico Le Baroncole, the top Sangiovese bottling made in years not deemed suitable for Percarlo. Readers who want to learn more about San Giusto and Percarlo may want to take a look at my recent video interview with proprietor Luca Martini di Cigala. San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Key Points: 100% Sangiovese from the estate’s best vineyards in Gaiole; A powerful, intense expression of Sangiovese; Remarkably consistent, even in lesser years; Aging potential 20+ years." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Jun 2012
Provenance: The Corral Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $80

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