Just received an email re these 2 aged Sangiovese:
The email reads:
On a recent visit to the Grati family in their beautiful spot in Chianti’s Rufina Valley, we heard about something rather exciting: they had been keeping some older reds in large old oak vats (known as botti ) as a bit of an experiment to see how they aged.
Naturally we were keen to try them, and two of them – a fully mature 20-year-old and a complex 2006 – really stood out. We leapt at the chance to secure them for members and recommend them highly.
The theory behind the Gratis’ experiment is that wine ages more quickly in smaller units, where the ratio of oxygen to wine is highest. Therefore, if kept in larger volumes in (for this purpose, neutral) oak vats, the wines may age more slowly, retaining freshness and elegance whist softening and developing more complex flavours.
For members, that means the rare chance to try two mellow, aged and ready-to-drink sangioveses from a great estate. Don’t miss out!
More temptation I think I may find hard to resist…