In the beautiful olive and cypress-studded countryside between Florence and Siena lay the quaint hilltop villages of the Chianti Classico region. The wine of the same name is produced exclusively in this charming and beautiful area. From vineyards planted to a minimum of 80% Sangiovese and a maximum of 20% of Canaiolo and other red grape varieties. After the final blend is assembled, the wine is aged for six months or longer in oak casks, bottled during the second year, then bottle aged in temperature controlled cellars for 4/6 months before release.
The origins of Chianti date back to the Middle Ages although Chianti Classico was really born in 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany classified the zone, identifying the villages of Radda, Greve, Panzano, Gaiole and Castellina as the leading sites. These same villages still represent the nucleus of the Chianti Classico DOCG today. The regulations have been revised, however, to insist that the wine is made from a minimum 80% Sangioveseand a maximum 20% Canaiolo and ‘ameliorative’ grapes (like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) from the 2006 vintage no white grapes are allowed.
The colour of this wine is a ruby red, with garnet notes reflecting the ageing. On the nose it is intense with hints of violets, berries and cherries. The palate is velvety, well rounded, full bodied and well balanced and would accompany perfectly to grilled red meats and game.