This Candoni Chianti comes from a very careful selection of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes. It has an intense ruby-red purple color and a fresh almond and ripe blackberry fragrance, with a soft, earthy, dry finish on the palate.
Pairs exceptionally well with red meats, hearty soups, and aged cheeses.
The De Zan and the Candoni families have been involved in winemaking since the late 1800's. After having lived in the U.S. for 12 years, Armando De Zan, Elviana Candoni and their daughters Barbara and Caterina, have dedicated themselves to produce and export Italian Wines around the world.
"We are an Italian, family-run winery, committed to excellent winemaking for over one hundred years. We feel great pride and gratitude for the magic land we come from and want our Candoni Painted Bottles to be a celebration of its beauty and culture that the Ancient Romans started 2000 years ago. All our bottles are painted with a technique called serigraphy, which is a method of using ceramic natural colors melted on the glass of the bottle to create a unique piece of art. With our bottles, you will have the chance to bring home a piece of real Ancient Roman art, as each bottle represents an original fresco painting found on the Roman walls."
Famous for its food-friendly, approachable red wines and their storied history, Chianti is perhaps the best-known wine region of Italy. This appellation within Tuscany has it all: sweeping views of rolling hills, endless vineyards, the warm Mediterranean sun, hearty cuisine and a rich artistic heritage. Chianti includes seven subzones: Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Rufina, Montalbano, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Colli Aretini and Montespertoli, with area beyond whose wines can be labeled simply as Chianti.
However the best quality comes from Chianti Classico, in the heart of the Chianti zone, which is no longer a subzone of the region at all but has been recognized on its own since 1996. The Classico region today is delimited by the confines of the original Chianti zone protected since the 1700s.
Chianti wines are made primarily of Sangiovese, with other varieties comprising up to 25-30% of the blend. Generally, local varieties are used, including Canaiolo, Colorino and Mammolo, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are allowed as long as they are grown within the same zone.
Basic, value-driven Chianti wine is simple and fruit-forward and makes a great companion to any casual dinner. At its apex, Chianti is full bodied but with good acidity, firm tannins, and notes of tart red fruit, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic and tobacco. Chianti Riserva, typically the top bottling of a producer, can benefit handsomely from a decade or two of cellaring.
Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.