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The Chianti of yore actually derive from the area now known as Chianti Classico, which profited from its central location in the Grand Duchy of Toscana. The modern Chianti appellation comprises eight distinct sub regions that may be classified into two groupings: Chianti Classico DOCG and Chianti DOCG. The latter is comprised of Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Montalbano, Montespertoli, and Rùfina. The last of these was known historically as Pomino (a name that lives on in the form of an independent DOC, situated wholly within Chianti Rùfina) and was prized as one of Toscana's great wine zones. Montalbano has transformed its production style, replacing its light, frivolous wines with more substantial undertakings, and the vast Colli Senesi zone, which abuts Montalcino, San Gimignano, and Montepulciano, is renowned for its full-bodied wines. Chianti Classico, which is nestled between Siena and Florence, is home to Greve, Radda, Gaiole, and Castellina, as well as parts of several other zones. This historic area supplies well under 40% of all Chianti produced, but is relatively reliable. Many of the historic estates continue to function today just as they have for hundreds of years: seven centuries before Opus One became Napa trophy, the Frescobaldi Castle was built and the family helped to establish the backbone of Toscana's viticulture. Medieval hamlets like that of Castell'in Villa date back to the 1200s and remain among Chianti's top quality estates. In addition, one derives insight from the rare and aged Chianti of Castello di Monsanto, the classic form of Querciabella, and the traditional riserva of Castello di Cacchiano. Many wine producers of the world today are seeking a formula that will merit desired ratings. However, the Super-Tuscan, Chianti, and Sangiovese mono varietals discussed herein do not follow a prescription. Rather, they reflect a terroir that is truly Toscana.
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Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2015 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2015 750ml
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Welcoming but balanced, this ’15 Chianti Classico bursts with sweet fruits, bristles with acidic energy, and balances all its elements with grace. Juicy red and blue berries dance against a backdrop of warm new leather, blood orange zest, savory herbs, baking spices, fresh loam and rain-spattered wildflowers in this luminous Chianti Classico. Peppery, chewy tannins stud the cheeks as this wine whooshes across the palate, building to a mineral-laden, powerful finish. Showing breathtaking depth, finesse and balance, this biodynamically grown and vinified Chianti Classico, a blend of 90% Sangiovese with the remainder split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about Chianti--it’s just that delicious. more info
Fontodi Meriggio 2015 750ml
Fontodi Meriggio 2015 750ml
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Aromatic, elegant, and herbaceous, the ’15 Meriggio, a mono-varietal Sauvignon Blanc, frames its citrus, stone and tropical fruits with cut grass, pressed herbs, crushed river rocks, and white wildflowers. Quite lifted on the palate, this wine blends its bright acidity with savory minerals to offer a dry, balanced white wine that builds to a resonant, lingering finish. Deriving from Fontodi’s organically tended, north-facing La Rota vineyard, this wine’s Sauvignon Blanc grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for six months, also in stainless steel. Just over 650 cases made each vintage. more info
Fontodi Meriggio 2016 750ml
Fontodi Meriggio 2016 750ml
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Yellow berries, stone fruits, citrus zest and white flower petals dance on a bed of crushed river rocks and pressed herbs in the zesty, elegant ’16 Meriggio. Nicely weighty yet energetic, this wine fills the mouth with an electric feel, whooshing across the palate with mineral vigor, and building to an herbaceous, clean and lingering finish. Deriving from Fontodi’s organically tended, north-facing La Rota vineyard, this wine’s Sauvignon Blanc grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for six months, also in stainless steel. Just over 650 cases made each vintage. more info
Fontodi Meriggio 2017 750ml
Fontodi Meriggio 2017 750ml
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Fontodi's Meriggio is a rare white Super Tuscan, and it puts a textured, sapid spin on Sauvignon Blanc. Aromatic, elegant, and herbaceous, the ’17 Meriggio layers its succulent white flesh and orchard fruits with crushed minerals, candied citrus, and pressed herbs. The palate is nimble yet textured, animated by bright acidity and thrumming minerality, which propel the wine’s lingering, lip-smacking finish. Deriving from Fontodi’s organically tended, north-facing La Rota vineyard, this wine’s Sauvignon Blanc grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for six months, also in stainless steel. Just over 650 cases made each vintage. more info
Fontodi Meriggio 2018 750ml
Fontodi Meriggio 2018 750ml
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Fontodi claims that the ’18 Meriggio Bianco is the most complex and freshest that it’s ever seen, and we have to agree--this wine is fascinating! Juicy yet finessed, ripe yet steely, intense yet focused, the ’18 Meriggio has a lot to give white wine lovers, layering its succulent stone and crisp orchard fruits with crushed river rocks, fresh herbs, white wildflowers and a dusting of peppery spices. Weighty yet nimble, this wine whooshes across the palate, propelled by its twin engines of savory minerality and keen acidity, as it builds to a resonant, complex and refreshing finish. Enjoyable upon release, this sophisticated white will drink beautifully over the medium term. Deriving from Fontodi’s organically tended, north-facing La Rota vineyard, this wine is mostly old-vine Sauvignon Blanc blended with about 10% Trebbiano; grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages on the lees for six months, mostly in stainless steel, with a small percentage in amphora. Only 300 cases will be imported to the USA. more info
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2014 750ml
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2014 750ml
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Fontodi’s owner-winemaker, Giovanni Manetti, has long considered Chianti Classico’s Lamole region special, and this wine proves him right. 2014 is the inaugural vintage of Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico, and the wine bursts with succulent cherries and berries, piquant minerals and herbs, and kisses of loam and pressed wildflowers. Bright acidity propels this intense wine, yet its fine-grained tannins cling to the cheeks to blanket the palate with a textured, silky feel. This is a very elegant Chianti Classico that showcases Sangiovese’s finesse, rather than its raw power. Deriving from Lamole’s 17-acre, sandy-soiled Filetta vineyard, the grapes for this wine ferment in concrete, and the wine ages in oak casks for 15 months before being bottled. more info
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2015 750ml
Fontodi Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico 2015 750ml
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Just the second release of Fontodi’s Filetetta di Lamole Chianti Classico, the 2015 bottling is something very special. With a bewitching nose and a mesmerizing mouth-feel, this elegant, lean Chianti Classico showcases its fine-boned, aristocratic structure and sophisticated, polished tannins. Deriving from Lamole’s 17-acre, sandy-soiled Filetta vineyard that has rootstock dating back to the 1920s, the grapes for this wine ferment in concrete and in amphora, and the wine ages in oak casks for 15 months before being bottled. Just over 400 cases made. more info
Chianti Classico Riserva Gift Box
Chianti Classico Riserva Gift Box
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Chianti Classico may be Italy’s most popular wine—and for good reason. Chianti’s bouncy acidity complements food like no other wine, and its happy disposition warms you from within. Go classic, go Chianti, and give Italy’s food friendly best from the heart of Toscana.

This Gift Includes:
1 x Large Wood Treasure Box
1 x Chianti Classico Selection
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