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Livernano Chianti Classico 2005

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
  • RP89
13.5% ABV
  • WS89
  • WS88
  • RP88
  • W&S89
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Winemaker Notes

Lively ruby red in color. Fresh on the nose with notes of violets and red fruits. The pleasant and enjoyable palate boasts rounded tannins. Perfect for young drinking.

This Chianti Classico, a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, possesses the lively aromatics and rich fruit of its bigger brothers, but is designed for younger drinking. A prime example of the appellation.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Chianti Classico (80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot) offers up attractive sweet roses, spices and dark fruit. The Merlot gives the wine a lovely plumpness in this vintage. This fresh, floral Chianti is best enjoyed over the next few years, while the fruit is vibrant. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2013.

Livernano is an excellent choice for wines made in a forward, fruit-driven style. This is a very strong set of new releases, particularly considering that 2005 was a challenging vintage, and nowhere was that more the case than in the higher altitude vineyards of Chianti Classico in towns like Radda.

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Livernano

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Livernano, , Italy
Livernano
Livernano is a truly ancient place. It was first inhabited by Etruscans, whose culture reached its high point in Tuscany over 2,500 years ago. The hamlet was later occupied by the Romans who gave it its name. Long after the cessation of Roman rule, Livernano served as a fortified border post during the interminable wars of the two great medieval city states in Tuscany, Siena and Florence. The hamlet regained new life in 1990 when the complete restoration of the entire estate was begun. Today, Livernano is once again a working farm, producing fine wines, excellent olive oil, honey, vegetables and fruits. On 38 acres, new vineyards were planted with nine different grape varieties. Livernano's wines have garnered much attention and praise from the critics and represent a range of wine styles, both classic and contemporary.

Livernano began its renewal in 1990, when a huge restoration of the entire estate was completed. Entrepreneurs and Broadway producers Bob Cuillo and his Austrian wife, Gudrun, purchased the estate in 2002, and promptly set about modernizing and restoring Livernano to its former glory. Under their guidance, the wines are made from specially cloned vines that are personally and carefully selected to meet their high standards. With a very "hands-on" approach to their wines, Gudrun and Bob personally work the land and always participate in the harvest, handpicking and hand sorting the grapes. Their dreams of creating a world class wine was realized when Livernano received four Tre Bicchieri awards in four years from Gambero Rosso

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

YNG5721_2005 Item# 102624

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