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2001 Marchesi Pancrazi Pinot Nero


Craig Camp
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The fine pinot noir vineyards of Marchesi Pancrazi are a lucky mistake. For years they produced an ordinary light red wine thought to be sangiovese; then an enologist visiting owner Vittorio Pancrazi discovered the vineyards were in fact planted with pinot noir vines.

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I know I will shock some amateurs, but Pancrazi pinot nero is for me the best italian pinot noir. It has a strong personnality, it is not a bad copy of Burgundy, and it has together finesse and structure.

A real great wine : it came always in nice ranking in Grand Jury blind tastings.

BTW : if by chance you find one day their olive oil, jump on it : just excellent too.

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I could not agree more. Their pinot noir shows true varietal character while being distinctly Tuscan at the same time. I too applaud them for going for their own style instead.

...and if you like the Pancrazi be sure to try the Poderi Colla from Piemonte.

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