Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico 2010

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

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Item No. 124795
  • red wine
  • RP90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

With the 2010 vintage, Castello di Meleto's Chianti Classico refocuses its effort on a more ­territorial style. The addition of Alicante, a native varietal of the region, brings a more traditional identity to this wine, lending a round, smooth character to the palate.

Deep ruby red color. The wine has a complex nose of cherries, floral and vanilla notes. It is soft and round with well-integrated tannins; excellent ­balance with a persistent finish.

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Alicante

Critical Acclaim

"Ruby red and intense, the 2010 Chianti Classico is a delightful surprise. The fruit from this vintage is incredibly balanced against light tones of spice, toasted nut and dark earth. It is not an overwhelming wine by any measure but it is a very balanced and clean expression. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020"
90 Points

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Learn About Castello di Meleto

The structure of the Castle of Meleto, a 13th century majestic building, rises on a gentle hill, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, at a small distance from the border between the old republics of Florence and Siena. Its very large Estate covers more than 1000 hectares (over 2400 acres), 180 of which are devoted to viticulture. The wines are mainly made with Sangiovese del Chianti grapes, which have grown for centuries in those vineyards. 180 hectares planted represent the fourth largest property in the region.

Learn About Tuscany

(TUSS-can-ee) 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...

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Learn About Sangiovese

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...

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