Melini Chianti Classico Riserva Laborel 1998

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

$19.99
Item No. 54122
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Bright, ruby-red. The bouquet is intense with violets, raspberries and iris scents and overtones of aromatic hay, spices and toasted almonds. The taste is dry, full, harmonious with an elegant aftertaste of liquorice, ripe fruits and jam.

This Chianti pairs well with roasts and grilled red meat, game, lamb, aged cheese.

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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