92 Insider Points
Pedigree: 2005 Vintage
Two Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso
Coming from the steep hills of Radda, this is a Riserva from one of the best known names in Chianti Classico. This wine is showing beautifully right now, with a deep ruby color and a bouquet of ripe cherry and strawberry, with a subtext of stones and earth supporting it. Medium-bodied, the bottle aging has rounded this wine into perfect drinkability. This is one to enjoy over the next three to four years and it would match beautifully with some slow-roasted pork. The mix of acidity and the sweet juciness of the meat will be wonderful. -PM
INSIDE FACT: Sangiovese is the most-planted red grape in Italy, and its name is derived from “sanguis Jovis,” meaning “the blood of Jove.”
Synonymous with the great reds of Tuscany and the romanticism that comes with the territory, Sangiovese has the world’s full attention. Here, its quintessential robust smoothness comes in the form of a Chianti Classico Riserva that’s at once fiery and tempered, versatile enough to appeal to a range of palates and accompany just as many plates. An effortless beauty with pedigree, it’s $15 drinking like one in a million.
Four reasons we love it:
• Rated 96 points by Robert Parker, the 2006 vintage produced wines hailed by Wine Spectator for their aromatic complexity and opulence reminiscent of the benchmark 1997.
• Located in the heart of central Tuscany, Chianti Classico is unlike the rest of Chianti’s subzones in that it was awarded its own DOCG classification in 1996. Classico is blessed with a unique light that reflects from the limestone rocks, radiating heat throughout the region.
• A touch of Colorino and Canaiolo, both indigenous to Tuscany, were added to the principal Sangiovese to create the intense violet bouquet and complex flavor profile. This producer has seen much success with the blend.
• Notes of dark cherry and sweet violet develop depth in the mouth, leading into a well-balanced wine whose natural acidity light tannins make it extremely food-friendly, even with “trouble child” tomato dishes.
This wine is showing beautifully right now, with a deep ruby color and a bouquet of ripe cherry and strawberry, with a subtext of stones and earth supporting it. Medium-bodied, the bottle aging has rounded this wine into perfect drinkability. This is one to enjoy over the next three to four years.
The definition of a cooperative society can be misleading. Chianti Geografico’s companies came together in 1961 with the express purpose of finding common areas and facilities that would ensure the improvement of the quality of their individual work. This means that each individual company continued to produce its own wine, with its own label, without losing its own identity.
The exponential growth over the years has led to the need to implement an improvement not only in production but also in terms of image, communication, and marketing, lying the foundation for the current structure and outlining cooperative objectives to be pursued. The cooperative society strives to achieve excellence with each manufacturer by providing it with expertise ranging from vineyard management to marketing of the final product. This wine underwent 16 months of barrel aging (10% new), plus two months in the bottle.
Grilled red meats, white beans, mushrooms, tomato-based pasta, and roasted fish are all excellent partners for Sangiovese. Our favorite with this wine? Slow-roasted pork.