Tuesday, 10 February 2009
2003 Rocca di Montegrossi
A really wonderful Chianti brought back from Tuscany in my rucksack from a holiday long ago. This bottle has followed me around the recent years of my life from the little shop in Radda to the little fattorias that we visited, the back of vans to lofts. It has been lovingly stored and now is the time to drink it!
Chianti is an area in the province of Sienna, not the name of a grape variety. Traditionally the wines are composed of 100% Sangiovese but now the rules have changed and it can be as low as 80%. Grown on the beautiful hillsides of Chianti the wines are subject to very old fashoined and strict wine making rules.
Chianti Classico is a sub area of Chianti and produces more premium wine due to the favourable conditions and soil found there.
some trivia for you, the emblem for Chianti Classico is the Black rooster which is often found on the neck of the bottle.
2003 Rocca di Montegrossi. San Marcellino
Chianti Classico from the village of Gaiole in Chianti
Made from 100% low cropped Sangiovese aged in small oak barrels for 18 months before bottle storage.
A really serious glass of wine right from the start.
Light crimson colour with elegant perfumed nose of warm sandalwood and tobacco notes. Nice and dry on the palate with balanced cherry fruit acidity and integrated but grippy tannins on the tongue give it the chianti look!
This is what it is all about, superb!