Lanciola 2005 White (Vin Santo del Chianti)
From the Colli Fiorentini zone of Chianti, this beautiful vin santo spent five years maturing in small oak barrels. It shows flavors of candied fruit, honey, resin, pine nut and toasted almond.
Lanciola 1999 Antiche Terre de' Ricci Terricci Sangiovese (Toscana)
Dark and fruity on the nose, with a touch of gritty leather. Brighter on the palate, where cherry and raspberry hold court and oak plays in the background. Juicy, fresh, immensely solid and just short of excellent. A very good Tuscan red with a little bit of everything. Drink now through 2008.
Lanciola 1998 Antiche Terre de' Ricci Terricci Sangiovese (Toscana)
Full and penetrating aromas get it started, but beware of some horsehide and leather that some might term barnyard. Flavors of plum and berry are round and pleasing, while the mouthfeel is a touch heavy, especially when the tannins crash down on the finish unsupported by lively acidity.
Lanciola 1999 Sangiovese (Chianti Colli Fiorentini)
Intense from the start, and quite rambunctious. The fruit is healthy and powerful, with ample leather and chocolate to add complexity. This wine surely has better days ahead, but opening it now and serving it with hearty food should allow it to show its best. Best Buy. —M.S.
Lanciola 1998 Sangiovese (Chianti Colli Fiorentini)
Rustic in a positive sense, this medium-weight, supple wine shows dark cherry fruit once a touch of sulfur blows off. Finishes long, with black-cherry, licorice and espresso flavors. It could use a year to even out and integrate its parts.
Lanciola 2001 Sangiovese (Chianti Colli Fiorentini)
Funky at first, with an amalgam of lactic, meat and smoke aromas. Seems a touch soft on the palate, where prune and coffee flavors match wits with black cherry. Minty green on the finish, which may be construed as tobacco.
Lanciola 2002 Le Masse di Greve Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)
Cooked and beefy, with stewed fruit and molasses on the nose. Has color and size, but the flavor profile is narrow, consisting solely of candied cherry and mint. Finishes syrupy and short.