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Cantine da Vinci Chianti Reserva 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The Da Vinci wines are produced at the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci co-operative, founded in 1961. It has approximately 150 member growers whose vineyards are located on the hilly areas around Vinci and Cerreto Guidi approximately 30km from Florence. As part of a new ethos of improved quality, the co-operative brought in consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at the end of 1996 since when their wines have noticeably improved. This ethos of quality encompasses every aspect of their operation: from better work in the vineyard to a more careful selection of fruit; vinification of separate parcels of fruit; bleeding the must in order to increase the proportion of solids to liquids in the fermentation tank, thus ensuring greater extraction of flavour and colour, and early bottling to ensure that the fruit is retained rather than dissipated. The Chianti Riserva is deep garnet in colour with perfumes of vanilla, spice and violets on the nose. On the palate the fruit character is intense and autumnal, with flavours of dark plums and blackberries. The spicy oak character is well-integrated with the ripe but restrained fruit and rounded tannins.

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DaVinci Wine:
Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins its life just outside the historic town of Vinci. There in the Tuscan hillsides, over 200 local winegrowers have joined together to form Cantine Leonardo da Vinci—an innovative growers' cooperative committed to producing authentic Tuscan wine. This pioneering cooperative encompasses... Read more
Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins its life just outside the historic town of Vinci. There in the Tuscan hillsides, over 200 local winegrowers have joined together to form Cantine Leonardo da Vinci—an innovative growers' cooperative committed to producing authentic Tuscan wine. This pioneering cooperative encompasses over 500 hectares of vineyards. These vineyards are owned and run by local growers, such as Lorenzo Locci and Bruno Rossetti. Growers such as Lorenzo and Bruno are the heart and soul of Cantine Leonardo da Vinci. Lorenzo oversees his family vineyard. For 50 years the Locci family has grown grapes for DaVinci Wine. For the last 30 years, Bruno also has nurtured his 7 hectare vineyard with love, care and the Tuscan traditions he learned from his father. Lorenzo, Bruno, and all the passionate winegrowers who make up the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci cooperative ensure that DaVinci Wine is crafted with only the best fruit of the harvest. "The better the grapes, the better the wine," the growers say. With every glass of our wine, you can taste the fruit of their success. Read less

Member Reviews for Cantine da Vinci Chianti Reserva

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Snooth User: Flamefighter
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2.00 5
05/06/2010

I used to buy this wine a lot but when the price went up here in Southern Cal I switched to other brands. I found these on sale for around $10 at World Market so I picked up a couple but was less impressed than in the past. Not sure if I have just grown more accustom to more rustic tasting Chianti’s or if this is just an off year for this brand. It isn’t bad, just not as good as in the past. Pours dark ruby red with a slight nose. Very soft, completely without tannins and well balanced, easy drinking wine.


Snooth User: drdebs
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3.00 5
12/19/2008

Simple sangiovese with shy aromas and flavors of cranberry and sour cherry. Not terribly complex, and not sure it's worth more than $10


Snooth User: ericaswallow
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3.00 5
06/25/2011

Heavy nose. Spicy and full. I wish the finish was longer, because it's such a delightful experience. 86/100

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Snooth User: Echelar
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2.00 5
06/13/2009

Fairly easy to drink, but nothing that great in the taste, I felt. Good nose, though.


Snooth User: ohbuck9
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4.50 5
05/12/2009

Really good wine, great with Italian food. Deep flavor, but not bitter.


Snooth User: C Rich
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3.00 5
03/07/2009

Bold, fruit smell with a hint of strawberry. Enjoyed much more once decanted.


Snooth User: rohneas
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4.00 5
04/12/2009

Dark violet color, crisp grape taste. Semi-dry. Goes well with pizza.

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    External Reviews for Cantine da Vinci Chianti Reserva

    External Review
    07/06/2011

    Winemaker Notes - The Da Vinci Chianti Riserva is 100% Sangiovese. It is ruby red in color with distinct cherry aromas balanced by slight smoky oak. As of 2003, Chianti Riserva must be aged for at least 2 years and 3 months and must be at least 12.5% alcohol. Prior to 2003, the previous aging mandatory was 3 years.


    External Review
    01/15/2009

    Deep crimson in color with aromas of cherries and red fruit balanced by soft, round tannins.


    External Review
    04/16/2009

    Fruchtige Kirscharomen, schwarzer Pfeffer, intensiv im Geschmack, feine reife Tannine.


    External Review
    10/22/2009

    'Da Vinci Chianti Riserva is ruby red with succulent aromas of spicy fruit and a hint of smoky oak. Concentrated flavors of ripe plum, wild raspberry and spice are supported by balanced, chewy tannins and a long finish. Wine Buyer Best Buy



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    The Da Vinci wines are produced at the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci co-operative, founded in 1961. It has approximately 150 member growers whose vineyards are located on the hilly areas around Vinci and Cerreto Guidi approximately 30km from Florence. As part of a new ethos of improved quality, the co-operative brought in consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at the end of 1996 since when their wines have noticeably improved. This ethos of quality encompasses every aspect of their operation: from better work in the vineyard to a more careful selection of fruit; vinification of separate parcels of fruit; bleeding the must in order to increase the proportion of solids to liquids in the fermentation tank, thus ensuring greater extraction of flavour and colour, and early bottling to ensure that the fruit is retained rather than dissipated. The Chianti Riserva is deep garnet in colour with perfumes of vanilla, spice and violets on the nose. On the palate the fruit character is intense and autumnal, with flavours of dark plums and blackberries. The spicy oak character is well-integrated with the ripe but restrained fruit and rounded tannins.

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