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Castello di Albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2002

Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    The wine has a deep, rich garnet red color. As time passes the hue is enriched with lighter garnet tones that, as the years go by, lighten further toward orange with an ochre tint typical of Tuscan wines. The bouquet is ample, full and elegant, spicy with scents of ripe fruits. As it evolves, the wine naturally develops an appealing bouquet that is full and complex. The taste is harmoniously dry, full and balanced, rich in texture and has a long finish. This Riserva will show best after aging five to nine years in the bottle.

    This Chianti Classico Riserva best accompanies main course meat dishes made with rich sauces, every type of roasted and braised preparation, grilled red meats and game. It is also perfect with aged cheeses, particularly those with rather piquant flavors. It should be served at a temperature ranging from 61-64? F, and should be opened a couple of hours before the wine is to be served, especially if it has been aged four years or more.

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    Castello di Albola

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    Castello di Albola, Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.

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    Sangiovese

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    The perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the king of the best red wines in 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

    Elsewhere throughout Italy, Sangiovese plays an important role in many easy-drinking, value-driven red blends and on the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed success growing in California and Washington.

    In the Glass

    Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with qualities of tart cherry, plum, sun dried tomato, fresh tobacco and herbs. High-quality, well-aged examples can take on tertiary notes of smoke, leather, game, potpourri and dried fruit. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

    Perfect Pairings

    Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and fine-grained tannins create a perfect symbiosis with tomato-based dishes, braised vegetables, roasted and cured meat, hard cheese and anything off the barbecue.

    Sommelier Secret

    Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may actually contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines as a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

    CDI721159_2002 Item# 80804