Sean, originally from Somerset, moved to Gaiole in Chianti in 1991 after studying winemaking in Germany. He was head winemaker at the renowned estate Riecine for 25 years, leaving in 2016 after a turbulent few years at the winery following its coming under new ownership. Though not a native, Sean has an unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of the local terroir and microclimates, and a unique affinity with the Sangiovese grape. Sean’s first wine was made from grapes grown and harvested while still at Riecine, with the winemaking process beginning in one of Riecine’s Nomblot tanks. His nickname ‘Il Guercio’, meaning ‘one-eyed rascal’ refers to the fact that Sean was born blind in his right eye, which he credits with giving him a unique perspective on winemaking, and on life in general.
Sean is now in partnership with the Tenuta di Carleone in Radda in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, which has been owned by the Austrian Egger family since 2012. Since then, the land and vineyards have been farmed organically with selected biodynamic treatments.
This Chianti Classico has a 60 days skin maceration and is fermented and aged in steel and cement. It's a great example of the region, both classical and expressive. It's a beautiful translucent ruby in the glass with tints of brick dust to the edges. The fruit is bright and has great acidity, but also that delicious depth of baked plums and spice. A great friend to almost any meal that features salumi, pasta and a slow-cooked joint of meat.