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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2008
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 109336)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby red. Intense, mature fruit aromas. Rich, well structured, berry fruit flavors.

Serving Suggestions: Serve at room temperature, not less 64°F. This wine is particularly well suited to meat and first courses.

My Notes:

About Rocca delle Macie:

When the late Italo Zingarelli, a former boxer and film producer, bought Rocca delle Macìe in Tuscany's Chianti Classico district back in 1973, he embarked on a new career as one of Tuscany's more unlikely wine producers.

It was certainly not intended to be a hobby... it was a vocation, a desire to return to the soil." Zingarelli, who passed away in the spring of 2000, was always quick to point out.

Working closely with his son Sergio, Zingarelli set about restoring the property that Sergio together with his wife Daniela, who plays an active role in the day-to-day management of the estate, and their two children now call home. Then a tumbled down 14th-century farmstead near the village of Castellina in Chianti, it was surrounded by acres of neglected vines. Vineyards were replanted from scratch; further property, was acquired, and a state-of-the-art cellar built and installed with the latest winemaking equipment. The Zingarellis left nothing to chance in their quest to create a stellar Tuscan wine estate.

Organic fertilization, careful pruning, the introduction of small oak barrels for aging and harvesting by hand are just some of the practices Sergio and his father instituted at the estate. Rocca is an active member of the Chianti Classico growers' consortium, which takes the black rooster as its symbol.