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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2003
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2003
(search item no. 104008)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $22.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

Brolio has the distinction of being the most historic and most famous Barone Ricasoli wine. It has a full and complex structure, making it one of the greatest of Chianti Classico wines. Typical, perfect expression of the Brolio terroir with its mineral nuance and intensity. Recalls mature fruits like black cherries and blackberries on the nose, with hints of chocolate. Full, round and structured on the palate, with toasty hints and sweet tannins. Lingering and very pleasant finish. Mostly Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, and cold cuts.. It also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco.

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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.