Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label
Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L Magnum) 1997 Front Label

Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5L Magnum) 1997

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The Riserva shows the typical character of Sangiovese with its ripe, even cristalized cherry fruit, tobacco and orange peel. This wine has a promising structure for ageing.

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Riecine, Italy
Church archives from 1112 A.D. provide the earliest known record of the wine farm known as Riecine. A nearby monastery owned the land from that date into the 20th century. Close to excavations of an Etruscan township, it is possible that wine has been produced at Riecine for thousands of years. In 1971, John Dunkley, a British businessman, and his Italian wife, Palmina Abbagnano-Dunkley, purchased the land from the Badia a Coltibuono and founded the Riecine label. Beginning their new career by simply making the best wine possible from the grapes yielded by their small estate, the slopes of Riecine did not disappoint them. Within a few short years, Riecine's Chianti Classico was receiving considerable attention across Europe.
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One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.

However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.

Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.

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SSR148871_1997 Item# 148871

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