2013 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. Number 58 of winespectators top 100 of 2016. Drinking just fine. A little but of reduction upon opening the bottle, but blew off pretty quick. Notes of blackcherry, red fruits, and tomato leaf aromas. Palate confirms the fruit, with dusty tannins and great acidity. Not a bad wine to be blindtasted on.
St Stefanus Belgian Blonde Ale - it's a little rarer that I reach for a beer these days, but this aromatic and complex ale complemented my Neapolitan pizza so well that I had to mention it. Matured and aged in the bottle, this was a crisp, fruity, and refreshing way to close the day.
On September 24, 1716, Grand Duke Cosimo III de’Medici decided to demarcate territories between Florence and Siena dedicated to production of high quality dry red wines, so ‘Gallo Nero’ came to be. 300 years later ‘Black Rooster’ became quintessential symbol synonymous with Chianti Classico DOCG. Talking about long history... (a reminder that wines of Barolo and Barbaresco were essentially Recioto (sweet) until the mid 18th century!) Tuscan wines have come a long way since and are ever evolving with reluctant bureaucracy panting at its heels. Antinori’s 1971 inception of Super-Tuscan Tignanello eventually yielded to creation of IGT in 1992. The term is used to describe Tuscan reds that may include non-indigenous varietals, particularly Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. I say may because, and this is were things get a bit more complicated, Montevertine’s all time favorite bottling ‘Le Pergole Torte’ was considered Super-Tuscan even though it was pure Sangiovese but stylistically a departure from what was considered a traditional expression of the grape. ‘Gran Selezione’ term designed in 2010 allows Chianti Classico producers to represent their finest riserva wines, i.e. site specific, climat or Cru bottling. (I digressed a bit, I guess:)
Rocca di Castagnoli was granted it, retroactively, for their 2009 ‘Stielle’ which is aged a minimum of 3 yrs (2 in tonneaux and big Chianti barrels, 1 in the bottle). Grown in calcareous, fossil-rich soil at 550m elevation and yield of 1kg per vine, this Sangiovese embodies the elegance and structure of this noble grape. It is pure and modest with velvety tannins and enticing balance of flower, fruit and earth.
It’s polished yet still retaining a certain rusticity and a timeless sense of place.
It was a great pleasure to meet Angelo Delbello and learn about Il borgo di Castagnoli’s history. Looking forward to pairing theirs ‘09 & ‘11 bottling side by side😜🍷🍷🍷👏 #wine 🍷 #winetime#winetravel#winegeek#winetasting#winepairing#winelover#winestagram#winewinewine#sommelier#instawine#roccadicastagnoli#sangiovese
Amazing Sangiovese! 1986 Il Sodaccio di Montevertine from Chianti. “Montevertine’s estate, which is on Chianti hills in the town of Radda in Chianti, has been purchased by Sergio Manetti, a manufacturer of steel, in 1967. Sergio has initially purchased the estate to renovate it and make it his holiday home, planting some hectares of vineyard to produce wine for himself and his loved ones.
The first wine was produced and marketed in 1971 and received flattering praise. Enthused by the success, Sergio Manetti decided to devote himself exclusively to the production of quality wine, planting new vineyards and setting up new wineries.
The success achieved exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Today, the only drink a glass of Pergole Torte, any thousandth, leads us into a world of of Montevertine, the one of Sergio Manetti and his son Martino, of Giulio Gambelli and Bruno Bini, winemakers business.
In this wine, in fact, it is enclosed the pride of these men, their love for Tuscany and for their vineyards and the magic of a terroir of the most beautiful and important in the world. First with Sergio and now with his son Martino, the company has sealed the bond between Sangiovese and his place of choice, the Chianti, to become a bright and spotless interpreter guardian of this extraordinary variety.”
The Wine: 2009, Poggio di Sotto, Brunello di Montalcino, Italy. —————
Soft, supple, silky, sexy.. not enough “s” in our language to describe this wine. Dark red cherries layered with subtle sweet tones of vanilla and oak. This wine sings with a note of earthy underbrush and sweet herbal rosemary all supported by perfect Italian acidity and smooth ripe tannins. Great with food or by itself.
Pair: Tuscan Roast Pork
Sangiovese (grape) shines on this hilltop (Poggio) vineyard in Montalcino. Overlooking the Orcia River Valley, comprised of unique seashell laden soils, Poggio di Sotto is one of the most powerful and special vineyards that produce Brunello (and freaking gorgeous).
Retails at $100.00+ and worth every sip! The 2009 vintage will be hard to find due to small production but they will all be amazing. If you can fine a Riserva of this wine from 2010, BUY IT. Drink now but can age for another 10+ years. —————
E voi come preferite berlo, il vino?
Siete del partito da soli, per degustarlo in tutta concentrazione, o di quello del calice in compagnia, per condividere sempre il piacere di un buon bicchiere?
Pandolfa Pandolfo Riserva 2011 Romagna Sangiovese DOC. Det här är det tredje vinet från Pandolfa/Noelia Ricci jag dricker (tidigare NR Godenza 2014 och Il Sangiovese 2015). Jag tror att det är det godaste också, bjuder på rejält med sangiovesekörsbär, viol, örtighet, hög syra och integrerade tanniner. Känns yngre än 7 år, men kanske hade det varit spretigare för några år sedan. Ett litet fynd faktiskt, betalade 15 EUR. #tenutapandolfa#pandolfo#pandolforiserva#romagnasangiovese#sangiovese#noeliaricci#emiliaromagna
No.40: Castello Banfi - Poggio alle Mura - Rosso di Montalcino 2013 (13.5%, 13€): James Suckling lobt den 2013er (neben dem 2015er) als einen der besten Rossos von Banfi in dieser Dekade (91 P.) und in der Tat brilliert dieser herrlich klassisch gebaute Toskaner durch eine aristokratisch anmutende Schönheit und Klarheit. Leicht kühl angelegt, feine Sauerkirsche, Veilchen, etwas Datteln, ein Hauch Wildbret (Moschus?), Bitterkakao und Einsprengsel von Tabak. Spürbare, aber sehr edle Tannine sorgen für gutes Lagerpotential. So liebe ich die Toskana! 90+ P. #tuscany#toskana#jamessuckling#bellaitalia#dolcevita#winelovers#italia#dolcefarniente#tasting#banfi#montalcino#summer#sangiovese#redwine