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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2002
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2002
(search item no. 75222)

PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brolio Chianti Classico is a dry, soft and well-balanced wine crafted from grapes grown in the Chianti Classico area of Tuscany. Elegant flavors of blackberries and plums make this wine an excellent accompaniment to red meats, hearty chicken dishes, game and mild cheeses.
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About Ricasoli:

The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, "it is the world's oldest winery," having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The "Iron Baron") developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.

After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.

Barone Ricasoli is a commercial group that owns several estates throughout Tuscany. At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates' wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks.