Melini Chianti Classico Riserva La Selvanella 1998

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

$23.99
Item No. 52290
  • red wine
  • W&S88
  • WS87
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Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby red, reaching garnet hues with aging. The bouquet is intense and complex, fine with dominant notes of dry flowers (violets and iris) and jam (raspberries) underlined by scents of spices (cloves and vanilla) and tar. The taste is dry, warm and full, austere and harmonious with an aristocratic long lasting finish of toasted almonds and bush-fruits.

This Chianti pairs well with roasted red meat, grilled meat, game, truffle dishes aged cheeses.

Learn About Melini

The Melini family constructed their first winery in 1705 in Pontassieve, a village on the outskirts of Florence. Their wine was consumed locally until 1860, when Laborel Melini collaborated in developing the straw-covered glass flask (fiasco), which made it possible for wine to travel safely overseas.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...

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Learn About Sangiovese

Sangiovese (SAHN-gee-oh-VAY-zee) Blood of Jove (literally translated) The principal grape of Chianti - in fact, the principle grape of all of Tuscany - has had its ups and downs. For a stint in the 70s and 80s, wines labeled Chianti contained cheap red wine packaged in a straw casked bottle, most popular for the candle holder it would become. But no more. Sangiovese re...

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