The 2006 vintage in Tuscany is no doubt superb, as the ripe, round, highly expressive 2006 Le Caselle Chianti aptly attests. Aromatic, distinctive, and full of flavor, this wine speaks of the glory of Tuscany, a land of simple elegance and immutable beauty. A tribute to winemaker Marco Razzauti, this classic Chianti is savory, supple, and well delineated – yet another work of Tuscan art. It offers an aromatic profile, reminiscent of violets, plum, and the soft scents of a fecund, well-tended land. On the palate, the 2006 Le Caselle releases a draught of cherry and plum fruit, mingled with a hint of mineral and a touch of Tuscan terroir, which add complexity and definition. As authentic Chianti, the 2006 Le Caselle is neither big nor brawny. Rather, it is ethereal, and at the same time full of flavor. This is the type of wine one hopes to find in the best Tuscan trattorias and country inns – a charming, round, huggable red that goes down ever so easily, gracefully, in fact, but with more than a passing nod. In short, the 2006 Le Caselle is what DOCG Chianti is all about. For the record, it opens beautifully upon first pour, yet it will improve markedly with at least thirty minutes of aeration. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012.