From Vine Farmer:
We've come to know Casa Emma's wines for their presence, harmony, and clarity, fostered by a rigorous natural farming approach that even sees the use of algae and seaweed treatments in place of chemical treatments. Casa Emma flew under the radar for many years because they had no national importer (the reasons for national representation are often based on much less virtuous factors than wine quality), yet they have always been recognized by Chianti Classico enthusiasts as a producer quietly championing true terroir expression, year in and year out.
These wines buck the recent Tuscan trend of extraction, sheen, and excessive oak to provide impact. While many of those examples that garner "high" scores, the clarity, age worthiness, and nobility that Sangiovese was historically prized for becomes lost entirely. In contrast, one could sum up Casa Emma's style as "cool climate restraint" - powerful in a subtle, thoughtful manner made possible by their prized 420m high amphitheater enhanced by uninhibited cooling wind from the sea. At their best, Casa Emma's wines are fine grained and haunting in aroma. We think about them as unmistakably Tuscan and site specific, yet with a feel aligned to palates appreciating classic French wines as opposed to palates appreciating more immediate, forward, and rich wines.
The Wine - From the Vignalparco vineyard, first worked by the geese, which is an excellent South-East slope with a higher elevation than the plots that are destined for the Chianti Classico. A slightly longer growing season and the work of the geese yields a wine of increased finesse and complexity despite also being a wine of greater structure. Stylistically, this has the quality of the Riserva but a frame that is a touch less broad and acidity that is more vibrant and more harmoniously integrated. With each vintage, we find this wine gets lighter on its feet. A decant is helpful, depending on the vintage. A total sleeper, and recently, even more beautiful than the Riserva.
June 2020 Check In - This wine is so precise, intense, and bright, and the fruit is unusually pure for Chianti Classico. It truly radiates from the glass in a vertical nature. Above all, it speaks to the quality of what Casa Emma has been doing in recent years. Chianti Classico for the Burgundy lover. The wine is elegantly light to medium bodied but is framed by a rippling core of acid and chewy tannins - a thrilling combination for my palate. There is a touch of new oak present that should recede in the coming years (about 1/3 new oak was used). While enjoyable for me now with a decant, this wine will have significant upside in the next 5 years or so. Hold!