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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.
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.
Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco.
"Dark red. Intense aromas of balsamic black cherry and plum, complicated by licorice and underbrush nuances. Rich, sweet, and dense, with a velvety texture to the red fruit and underbrush flavors. Although this really does exhibit sangiovese's pretty red fruit aromas and flavors and seems concentrated enough to be a Riserva, it could use a touch more length. An amazing result for a wine made in huge quantity (roughly 700,000 bottles a year, depending on the vintage). I should point out that at Barone Ricasoli, long referred to as Brolio or Castello di Brolio, much work has been done in recent years to improve all the wines in the line-up. This wine may not have the complexity or length for an outstanding rating, but it's so juicy and drinkable that I don't want to be stingy."
International Wine Cellar
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...Read More About Ricasoli
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...Read More About Tuscany
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...Read More About Sangiovese
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