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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 2017 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2017 750ml
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Balancing its super-ripe fruits with its ebullient personality, this ’17 Chianti Classico is pure pleasure. Fistfuls of brambly berries and luscious cherries mingle with underbrush, mint, licorice, violet petals, new leather, blood orange zest, and a smear of blackberry jam in this scrumptious Chianti Classico. Fine-grained tannins, a sweet inner lift, and vivid acidity form a delicious whole in Castello dei Rampolla’s drink-me-now ’17 Chianti Classico, but make no mistake, this wine will drink beautifully over the medium term. This biodynamically grown and vinified Chianti Classico, a blend of 90% Sangiovese with the remainder split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, spends three months fermenting in concrete; the wine ages for a year in barrel, followed by six months in bottle prior to release. more info
San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico 2018 750ml
San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico 2018 750ml
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Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 750ml
Castello di Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 750ml
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Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Castello di Ama’s super cuvee is a blend of four vineyards including the prized Bellavista and La Casuccia and it is a pecial expression from the vaunted vintage. It begins with a pronounced nose of black cherry and olives that let you know you are in Tuscany. On the palate this is a whole lot of wine. A mouthful of soft and generous fruit coats the palate, then under that layer of fruit is the signature minerality and structure of this beloved wine.  You can expect nuances of black cherries, blackberry, plum, licorice, mint, tobacco leaf, iron minerality and baked earth. There are shades of flavor here, but it is the signature black cherry note that is so seductive and compelling.  This is a whole lot of wine you might describe as big and masculine Chianti with a lot of fruit, structure, and layers.  It can be enjoyed today with aeration, but the best is yet to come. “ more info
Castello di Ama Merlot L'Apparita 2017 750ml
Castello di Ama Merlot L'Apparita 2017 750ml
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