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Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red with purplish reflections. The bouquet jumps out of the glass and shows toast, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, red fruits. Long and persistent with intensity, develops slowly into moss, brushwood, iris, juniper and a little of wild fennel. In mouth it is a little astringent, warm, structured, fresh, tannins. Taste of iris, undergrown, musk mixed with vanilla.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
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Capanelle's 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva is a powerful, enveloping wine loaded with the essence of sweet red cherries, menthol, smoke and tar. The wine possesses compelling inner sweetness and vibrancy, yet today those qualities are trapped behind a wall of massive tannins that will require a few years in bottle to settle down. This remains a vibrant, perfumed Chianti with a very promising future. Capanelle’s Chianti Classico Riserva is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino and Canaiolo. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

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Capannelle

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Capannelle, , Italy
Capannelle
Capannelle was established in 1974 Raffaele Rossetti, who pioneered stainless steel in the winery, 1-kilo-per-vine crops, new French barriques and French oak fermentation vats when these were all highly futuristic concepts. For many years, the 17th-century estate and avant-garde winery remained an Italian secret: though discovered by young Neil Empson in 1976, Raffaele opted for focusing on the national market only, which the tiny (at the time) production barely covered. Then in 1997, the property was purchased by high-profile U.S. magnate James Sherwood, who maintained Rossetti as consultant but gradually paved the way towards increasing acreage, production and marketing goals.

No expense has been spared to outdo the most state-of-the-art criteria: from the underground winery itself (1,000 square meters - nearly 10,800 square feet - of shock-proof ceramic tiles, to the subterranean barrique cellar, built in the year 2000 - 40 meters long (over 130 feet), 3 meters (almost 10 feet) below ground level, dug into the natural rock.

Yet for all these futuristic aspects, the Capannelle building itself is a characteristic chiantigiana stonehouse villa on one of the appellation's gentle hilltops, overlooking Gaiole on one side, vines and woodland on the other. In other words: classic and timeless. The range itself, styled by oenologist Simone Monciatti, is fortunately as rooted in this 17th-century terrain and millenary tradition as in the most modern quality standards. Its hallmark is elegance: the concentration and extract of low-crop noble varieties are complemented by a nose of great finesse and complexity.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

WWH111800_2003 Item# 103275

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