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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
#5 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The Castello di Brolio expresses the refined elegance that is only specific to the terroir of Brolio. It is a "seamless wine" achieved by selecting the best grapes of Brolio, matured in barriques, with a long fining in the bottle that enhances its noble elegance. Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
With this harvest, it was finally possible for the Sangiovese to express its
maximum potential. Intense ruby color with garnet tinges, it has a beautiful
aromatic complex bouquet. Chocolate/coffee and spices palate, it possesses
elegant tannin content and a lingering finish.
Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco. The wine should be served at a temperature of 60-65°F.
"Shows amazing aromas of blackberry, with hints of vanilla and flowers, along with black licorice and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with wonderfully caressing, ultrafine tannins. Very balanced and long. Best after 2011. 6,170 cases made."
"Born at the heart of the dreamiest of Tuscan landscapes, Castello di Brolio is a monumental Chianti Classico with rich notes of berry fruit, leather, exotic spice and blackberry. The wine is incredibly smooth and polished in the mouth with enduring berry flavors and silky tannins."
The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, it is the world's oldest winery, having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The Iron Baron) developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official...Read More About Ricasoli
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...Read More About Tuscany
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...Read More About Sangiovese
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