Ricasoli Guicciarda Riserva Chianti Classico 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine that has confirmed its elegance and harmony over the years. Always clean and fruity on the nose, full and substantial on the palate, with remarkable persistence and excellent end. Intense and deep ruby red hue with garnet highlights, indicative of a perfectly ripe fruit.
Wine & Spirits - "Years best Tuscan Reds - The color of this wine remains a youthful purple, the fruit tense and bold. It has a cool forest floor character, with conifer spice and porcini notes under the dark cherry flavor. The fruit seems to grow out of the mineral tannin, building textural amplitude and impressive length. A mouth-watering Chianti to decant for duck ragu with pappardelle. "
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 blend for Chianti.
After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.
Barone Ricasoli is a commercial group that owns several estates throughout Tuscany. At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates' wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks. View all Ricasoli Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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13 ratings, 3 with reviewsmiddlax23 - Arlington, VA21/30/2012411/14/2011
8 yes a great sangiovese, very well balanced, complex and round taste, full and bold in the body, long finish ... it's a pleasure to drink it, can be even better in 1-2 yrsGecko21 - Palmyra, PA412/21/2011Vladimir - Wilmington, MA49/24/201118/16/2011served this to people i was entertaining at home. really embarrassing when everyone disliked it.47/7/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
A very solid Chianti at a reasonable price.Wendy - San Francisco, CA56/14/2011richard hirsch - Denver, CO45/23/201145/18/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT15/14/2011ajvmel - New York, NY54/27/2011Jonathan Hoehn - Portland, OR54/21/2011
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Pasta > Meat