La Leccia ''Vivaio del Cavaliere'' Rosso 2019 - Tuscany, Italy
Named after the spring fed fish pond (‘vivaio’) that once graced the vineyard, This wine is a special labor of love for Francesco Daddi. He has planted Merlot and Petit Verdot there, adding softness and spice to the majority Sangiovese. Compelling stuff, with plum and cherry fruit, gentle tannins and a long finish. Certified organic to boot.
Francesco Daddi took the reins of the family estate in 1997, and has never stopped making incremental improvements, not the least of which was the return to the organic viticulture of his ancestors. Francesco is mild-mannered and affable, the very definition of a gentleman. But he harbors a perfectionist streak that has led to world-class wine.
The vineyards surround the castello at altitudes ranging from 300 to 500 meters, with south and southwest exposure, and marl and chalk soils.