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Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

Produced entirely from Sangiovese grapes, Castellani's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva aged for a minimum of 24 months in oak, softening the tannins and endowing the wine with delicate nuances of wood and spice. Textbook notes of red cherry, rose petal, herb, cocoa dust, and subtle earthiness create a lovely perfume, while an elegant structure encourages near-term enjoyment. Try this charming Tuscan red with dishes like wild boar ragu, homemade meat lasagna, or fresh mushroom and ricotta ravioli.
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Appellation: Chianti Classico
Member Rating: 91
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By Castellani
Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

Technical Details
Region: Tuscany
Alcohol: 13.00%
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

Vinification and Refinement
This Chianti Classico is produced from specially selected Sangiovese grapes grown in the vineyards of the Chianti Classico appellation, the most historic part of the Chianti area. Completely mature grapes are crushed right after harvest. When the primary fermentation is complete, the wine is stored in Slavonian oak casks where malolactic fermentation takes place and the wine ages for a minimum period of 24 months. It completes its refinement in the bottle after a minimum period of 3 months. Famiglia Castellani is a higher quality of Chianti Classico Riserva, selected following strict quality standards concerning the colour, the alcohol content, and the bouquet.

Sensory Details
Colour: Deep ruby red colour.
Bouquet: Intense and characteristic bouquet, earthy, with wild red berries and underwood notes
Taste: Harmonious, dry, savoury, strong and persistent
Food Pairings: Ideal with roasts, game meat, and duck. Serve at room temperature.

The first documents identifying Chianti as a wine-producing area date back to the 18th Century. These documents refer to the Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti), established in Florence to regulate the administrative relationships with the producers of red Sangiovese-based wine in Radda, Gaiole, and Castellina (currently part of the Chianti Classico production area known as the Golden Triangle). The sign of the Lega del Chianti was a black rooster that later became the emblem of the Chianti Classico Consortium.
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Vintage: 2012
Score: 92
Blueberry cake, blackberry bush, dark chocolate and some treacle tart. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a juicy finish. So enjoyable and silky. Drink now.
Famiglia Castellani 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva
Rating: 92 Points (Exceptional)
Award: Gold Medal
Category: Tuscany Chianti Riserva
Date Tasted: 12/22/2017
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.00%
Dusty dark garnet color. Earthy aromas of plump chocolate drizzled prunes, figs, bacon in cherry mostarda, and leather belt with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-long cherry skins, dried violet, cigar box, cedar, and allspice finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A drink-it-now Chianti with great integration and food-friendly spunk.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Castellani - Tuscany
Points: 90
Consistency: 32 - Balance: 29 - Integrity: 29
Winery: Castellani Spa
Region: Tuscany
Type: Red
Category: Chianti
Tasting date: 04-07-2017
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Volume of Bottle: 750.00 ml
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