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La Parrina Ansonica Costa Argento D.O.C 2001

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    Winemaker Notes

    Ansonica is a quite rare grape-variety grown in Italy since immemorial time. It was probably imported originally from Greece. The contact between the Hellenic and the Mediterranean culture first with the Etruscari and than with the Roman one, enabled the ancient Italian population to appreciate the vene obtained from the grape . This variety has found its ideal environment in Sicily where it is called "Inzonia", and along the Tirrenic coast where it is called "Inzonia", and along the Tirrenic coast where it is known by the name of "Ansonica" . Thanks to its quality and type the wine obtained from this grape in the Grosseto Province has been awarded the D . 0. C . (official quality aknowledgement) under the name of "Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario" in 1995. The Parrina Estate has exploited the Ansonica quality to its highest level by means of a very careful vinification, using a soft pressure on the grapes which allows the use only of the pulp of the fruit. The must is then fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature-control for 12 days . This wine, using only the Ansonica grapes (100%), has a rather distinctive and fruit fragrance, a straw-yellow colour, and a dry, mellow, harmonious taste.

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    La Parrina

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    La Parrina, , Italy
    La Parrina
    The Parrina estate in the Tuscan Maremma, took shape at the beginning of the nineteenth century following the marriage of a daughter of the Strozzi family to a Giuntini. It has remained in the hands of the Giuntini family ever since, with the Marquess Franca Spinola as the current owner. La Parrina comprises 450 hectares (ha) stretching over foothills along the Tyrhennian coast, south of Grosseto. Is is immersed in Mediterranean scrub: lands characterised by an abundance of intensely perfumed herbs and berries. The estate in close to the Argentario promontory, the location giving a climate marked by prevailing sea breezes and warm summers, while heavy rainfali is restricted to spring and autumn. As a result the grapes remain healthy and ripen fully.

    Famous for its food-friendly, approachable wines and their storied history, Chianti is perhaps the best-known wine region of Italy. This sub-zone of Tuscany has it all—sweeping views of undulating hills, the hot Mediterranean sun, hearty cuisine, and a rich artistic heritage. Historically packaged in short, round, straw-covered bottles known as “fiaschi” and containing insipid red liquid, Chianti today is typically not your Italian grandfather’s pizza wine. The heart of the Chianti zone is known as Chianti Classico, as the region has expanded its boundaries over time to capitalize on the wine’s fame, thus diluting its reputation. Within Chianti there are seven other subzones with unique characteristics, including Colli Senesi, Colli Fiorentini, and Chianti Rufina.

    Chianti wines are made primarily of Sangiovese, with other varieties comprising up to 20% of the blend. Generally, local varieties are used, including Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Marzemino, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah have also been approved in more recent years. Basic, inexpensive Chianti is simple and fruit-forward and makes a great companion to any casual dinner involving red sauce. At its apex, it is savory and rustic with high acidity, firm tannins, and notes of tart red fruit, dried herbs, fennel, salami, balsamic vinegar, and smoky tobacco. Chianti Riserva, typically the top bottling of a producer, can benefit handsomely from a decade or two of cellaring.

    Sangiovese

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    The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. 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 moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

    In the Glass

    Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. 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 grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

    Sommelier Secret

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

    WBO2107803_2001 Item# 53107

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