Cecchi Chianti Classico 2007
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
With an intense ruby red colou tending to burgundy with ageing, a delicate fragrance, it has an intense and persistent flavor, its structure is broad and extremely well-balanced, with great harmony.
Excellent accompaniment to roasts and grilled meats.
We tasted this wine live on air on 'Taste and Chat' on January 24, 2010, and the show archive is available through http://FestivalSteakAndSeafood.com. I found this wine to be less than expected, having tasted over 100 Chiantis and wandered through the region on multiple trips. Chianti has been re-emerging as a source for great wines, and this, while fresh and drinkable, was a bit thin in the mouth, and lacked the normal body and flavor of a Classico. Perhaps the less-than-stellar weather affected this 2007, and left the reputable wine-maker with little to work with. Since 2006 the elimination of Trebbiano in the blending of Chianti has generally led to bigger, more intense products, rather than thinner, lighter ones. Nevertheless, this would be a suitable wine for sipping with appetizers, fruits and cheeses for an evening's relaxation. I would not pair it with an intensely-flavored entree, or expect it to stand up well to a rich red sauce.
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In 1893, after several years of experience as an assistant in the cellars of the most famous commercial vineyards in the area, Luigi Cecchi set up his own business as a wine taster and broker. His efforts were soon rewarded with success, extending beyond the region of Siena. Over the years, Luigi's other three sons, Mariano, Natale and Francesco started working with their father,...
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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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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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