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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.
Consisting of about 90% Sangiovese, and 10% of Canaiolo, the Rocca di Montegrossi
Chianti Classico represents the estate's 'normal' Chianti; it is produced every year. In less good vintages, production of the cru Vigneto San Marcellino is waived in order to guarantee that the 'normal' Chianti retains a consistently high quality.
It spends about 12 months in wood, partly in casks of Allier oak, and partly in barriques. Bottled without filtration, the wine is fined for 12 months more before being released.
The wine has an intense ruby-red color with pronounced violet reflections, and a fruity aroma with scents typical of Sangiovese, especially those of wild berries. Harmonious, well-structured and lightly tannic, it is a wine that can easily mature for a period ranging from four to eight years.
"The 2007 Chianti Classico explodes from the glass with a kaleidoscope of black cherries, minerals, flowers and underbrush. The wine reveals stunning length and an intense, satisfying finish. This dense, full-bodied wine is truly a remarkable effort at this level. It also happens to be an incredible value. The Chianti Classico is 90% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino and 5% Canaiolo that spent 12 months in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2017.
The Wine Advocate
Rocca di Montegrossi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico – just outside Monti in Chianti, about 7 kilometres from Gaiole.
Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is a descendant of the historic winemaking
family that can be credited with having put Chianti on the map of the world’s best wines. The winery, whose restoration and modernization were completed in 2000, is located near the Romanesque Church of San Marcellino.
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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