Valiano Chianti Classico 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Gorgeous aromas of violets, blackberries and dark cherries on the nose. Full and beautifully articulated on the palate with excellent depth and structure. Ripe yet firm tannins mellowed by nine months aging in 5,000 liter (1,250 gallon) Slovenian oak vats support the complex flavor profile, concluding in an exceptional finish.
Wine Spectator - "Juicy and fruity, with plum and black cherry notes. Medium and fresh, with a plum and berry aftertaste. Best after 2010. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Valiano offers good quality at an attractive price and delivers aromas of wild berry, vanilla, toasted almond and moist earthy tones. These qualities show true characteristics of Sangiovese and Tuscany. "
Fattoria di Valiano Winery
Fattoria di Valiano is situated in the hills of Castelnuovo Berardenga, the southern commune in the Chianti area, in the province of Siena, is one of the most prestigious zones in the Chianti Classico area.
The estate dates back more than 2000 years, back to the Gallic Wars times. In 1960, the land was owned by the President of the Republic, Giovanni Gronchi, and acquired by the Piccini Family in 1995. The villa was completely renovated, keeping the traditional features of the estate. The property has 230 hectares including seven hectares of olive groves; 70 hectares are dedicated to vines.
Grape varieties include Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay. The vineyards are located 350–400 meters above sea level with south, south west exposure. View all Fattoria di Valiano 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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