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The wine has a deep, rich garnet red color. As time passes the hue is enriched with lighter garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The bouquet is ample, full and elegant, spicy with scents of ripe fruits. As it evolves, the wine naturally develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. The taste is harmoniously dry, full and balanced, rich in texture and has a long finish. This Riserva will show best after aging five to nine years in the bottle.
This Chianti Classico Riserva best accompanies main course meat dishes made with rich sauces, every type of roasted and braised preparation, grilled red meats and game. It is also perfect with aged cheeses, particularly those with rather piquant flavors. It should be served at a temperature ranging from 61-64° F, and should be opened a couple of hours before the wine is to be served, especially if it has been aged four years or more.
The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.
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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