Punta Crena-Paolo Ruffino & Villa di Geggiano-Andrea Boscu at Wolfe’s







Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe has been a long time supporter of the imports of Kermit Lynch.  Much of my love came from my first “kiss the dirt visit” to France to meet many of his growers with the National Sales Director Bruce Neyers back in 1996.  Having lunch with Lulu Peryaud, Kermit himself, Bruce and about 10 other wine professional from around the country at Domaine Tempier was the nail in the coffin for me.  I was sold, a cult follower, I took all his medicine and my tongue danced with anticipation anytime a new release was offered or he picked up a new grower.  Names like Daniel Brunier, Aubert Villaine, Marcel Lapierrre, Olivier Humbrecht and Lucien Peryaud became household names at Wolfe’s.  So over the years Kermit was not only focusing on French winemakers, but an affinity with Italy arose and he has amassed a steller group of growers that are developing names just like their idols in France.  However, the Itlaian portfolio was a pariah of sorts in South Florida and for years distributors were gun-shy to pick up the wines…why you ask?, because you know that when you see a Kermit Lynch Imports on the back of a bottle you know the wine will be great no matter what part of France it’s from.  The simple answer is that it takes work to penetrate the market with new wines, especially esoteric wines and regions that wine drinkers are not familiar with…so out of fear & laziness the wines have not been here…..that’s until now.   Florida Wine Company took on the challenge and is doing a great job with the wines.  Of course Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe was there from the beginning so it is with great pleasure that we welcome two growers from Kermit’s Italian Portfolio this Friday.


Punta Crena Wines

Pettirosso 2009 Ca da Rena Pigato 2008 Vermentino 2008 Reine Mataossu 2008 Cruvin 2009 Rossese 2008

Villa di Gegginao Wines

Brandinello, IGT 2007 Chianti Classico 2007 Chianti Classico Reserva 2006


Villa di Geggiano is located in Pianella, just a few miles outside of Siena. Originally built in the 13th century and renovated in 1780, Villa di Geggiano has been home to the Bianchi Bandinelli family since 1527. Now run by two brothers, Andrea handles the administrative affairs of the domaine, and Alessandro works in the cellar, but they make the most important vinification decisions together. They began to bottle their wine under their own label in 1989.

The domaine has about 6 hectares, planted with 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. On average, the vines are 16 years old. There is also 1 hectare planted with 25-year-old vines of both Ciliegiolo and Malvasia Nera. The domaine bottles about 2100 cases of Chianti a year, selling off the balance of their grapes to negociants.

Villa di Geggiano produces 2 Chianti, Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico “Riserva”, 95-97% Sangiovese, 3-5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation for both wines is about 2 weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, with periodic rain-like pumping over the must. After 14 to16 months in Allier oak barrels, the wines are blended and the Classico is bottled. The Classico “Riserva” then spends another year in barrel before bottling.

The Bianchi Bandinelli brothers also bottle a third cuvée, the Fattoria di Geggianello Rossa di Toscana IGT. This wine is comprised of 90% Sangiovese, and 10% Ciliegiolo and Malvasia


Punta Crena is in the tiny town of Varigotti, Italy, right on the ocean in the wine-producing region of Liguria. The Ruffino family is famous in their hometown but little known elsewhere, even in Italy. They’ve been making wine in Varigotti since 1500! From the first sniff I was hooked on their delicious wines, made traditionally from indigenous grapes, wines with typicity and character but without a hint of pretension. These are exactly the kind of wines you’ve been seeking for a long time, country quaffers from the Ligurian coast. You might have wondered what “Punta Crena” means. In Italian, Punta means “point.” In this case, it refers to the “point” that is a landform-a peninsula.  Crena is simply a name and has no meaning in Italian or the local Ligurian dialect. 



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