Luiano Chianti Classico 2011
Sangiovese from Italy
Vinified in stainless steel, the wine is aged in both stainless steel and oak and then cellared in bottle. An explosion of tasty, ripe red fruit. A vivacious and robust wine, wide and velvety, a perfect choice for easy drinking wine lovers.
Wine & Spirits - "Fresh red cherry flavors cushion this wine’s dry tannins, shielding their Tuscan austerity with just enough luscious richness of fruit. All of a piece, this feels restrained, providing a silken caress and an edge of cracked black peppercorn. It grows at an ancient estate in the northern end of the Classico zone, replanted in the 1990s, the blend including five percent each of cabernet sauvignon and merlot."
Wine Enthusiast - "This zesty selection has pretty aromas of violet, rose, marasca cherry and spice. The palate delivers dense wild cherry flavor layered with white pepper and hints of nutmeg. it's still tightly tannic but has more freshness than most from this hot vintage."
Luiano is an ancient fort, built in the late middle ages, that spans 40 hectares in the Chianti Classico appellation of Tuscany, Italy, just 10 miles south of Florence. Since it was erected, Luiano has belonged to several of the most important, noble families of Florence, renowned for its abilities to produce superb wine.
In 1959 Alberto Palombo, a Neapolitan textile merchant, and his wife Licia, were so enchanted by Luiano and its history that they abandoned the city and purchased the property to carry on its long standing tradition of vine growing and winemaking.
In 1996, Antonio, Alberto’s son, followed suit trading his career in banking for a life in the vineyards. He soon began to restore the vineyards and and the cellar, establishing the property as a modern winery. In 2003, the third generation of the Palombo family joined the family business as well. Together with his children Alessandro and Felicia, Antonio has committed to preserving Luiano’s legacy while ushering in innovations.
Twenty hectares are planted to both native and international grape varietals, predominantly Sangiovese. The vines are positioned at an average altitude of 300 meters above the sea level and benefit from the fertile, mineral-rich soil along the banks of the nearby Greve River. Luiano’s 2nd generation team of viticulturalists, born and raised in the Tuscan countryside as extended members of the Palombo family, possess in-depth knowledge of these vineyard sites gained from working alongside their parents and care for the vineyards as though they were their own.
The wines are produced in accordance with the traditions and regulations of the Chianti Classico DOCG. View all Luiano Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
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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