Maurizio Alongi has 30 years experience working and consulting at wineries around the world. Despite his travels he's always felt a visceral connection to Chianti and to the Sangiovese grape. The Classico region, the historical heart of Chianti, was granted DOCG status in 1996. Ambitious producers are increasingly exploring the diversity of elevations, expositions and soil types across the zone. In parallel they are moving away from barriques to ageing in traditional large oak casks to achieve more transparency and expression of individual terroirs. After years of searching Maurizio discovered two small parcels of 40 year old vines in Barbischio, near Gaiole on the east of the Classico zone. His vineyards, planted with Sangiovese plus a little Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera, are in conversion to organic farming. He concentrates his efforts making one wine - a Chianti Classico Riserva. Walter Speller who tipped us off to Maurizio describes it as "Simply a gorgeous wine".