2005 Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico

Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico

Poggio al Sole, which means "sun-facing hill" in Italian, is situated on 37 acres of a south-facing ridge in Tavernelle, a small village in Tuscany. In keeping with tradition, many of the village's longtime residents still help out with the annual harvest; but much has changed since second-generation winemaker Johannes Davaz came aboard in the early 1990s.

Johannes Davaz
Johannes Davaz

First trained by his father in the family's Swiss vineyards and wine cellar, Davaz studied enology in college. Years later, when the Davaz family took over the Poggio al Sole estate, Johannes (now known locally as "Giovanni") undertook the responsibility of overseeing the new venture, and he moved there with his wife and kids. Since then, Davaz has transformed Poggio al Sole into a state-of-the-art winery with modern equipment and a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Planted almost entirely to newer, low-yielding Sangiovese clones, the Poggio al Sole wines have the kind of pristine fruit purity that we find all too infrequently in Chianti Classico.

This Poggio al Sole Chianti is clean and firm, with finely honed red fruit flavors and aromas. Like many wines of the vintage, air is this wine's friend. Decant for a half hour before serving.

Stay rooted in Italy with your meal, and try this wine with bucatini with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil. A little Parmigiano-Reggiano grated on top certainly wouldn't hurt.