Chianti Classico DOCG Straccali 2007
Strong but not overwhelming fruit with spice and vanilla. A nice lingering finish. A beautiful Chianti.
Really nice Chianti for the money. A definite re-buy. $19.95 VW
subtle bouquet not betraying the sangiovese itself. well balanced with soft oak and and bright fruits. lingering tannins and acid but not at all over powering. for those who don't like it, try letting it sit for 20-30 minutes in the glass to 'soften and mellow'.
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Chianti Classico is not the same as mere Chianti. “Classico” means that the grapes were grown in the oldest delimited zone in the region, and the production code is quite strict. Only vineyards situated on hillsides above 700 meters with advantageous orientation may be included. Vine density is spelled out as are maximum yields, and for DOCG even the maximum amount of wine per ton of grapes is set by law. Chianti Classico is no ordinary wine and this is no ordinary Chianti Classico. Straccali sourced their grapes from some of the best vineyards in the zone. Vineyards up to 1,800 feet above sea level, where the cool temperatures combine with the direct sunlight to bring out all of the complexity and nuance that Sangiovese can deliver. 90% Sangiovese blended with 10% Canaiolo and Merlot aged in oak casks and then in bottle, this wine offers ripe cherry, anise, tobacco and cedar notes in a supple easy-to-enjoy style. Best of all it's a tremendous value.
From Antinori comes this ripe, forward Chianti Classico. Wine Spectator scored it 90 points saying "Offers floral, ripe black fruit aromas and a delicate chocolate powder note. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. Fruity and very pretty."
Tenuta di Renieri is located in the southernmost part of the Chianti Classico zone, in the town of Castelnuovo Berardegna. Here the warmer temperatures produce bigger, riper wines than in the more northern villages. Part of the Bacci group of Tuscan wineries, Marco Bacci oversees the winemaking, using modern techniques while trying to express the local terrior. This wine is 100% Sangiovese from his hillside vineyards that produce very low yields. It is aged 6 months in French Allier oak, 50% new barrels. The bold, ripe Sangiovese from this region soaks up the oak nuances and displays a rich complex array of cherry, plum, tobacco, violet and toast flavors. The Wine Advocate score this wine 90+ saying "The 2007 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous wine graced with silky tannins, intensely perfumed fruit and an understated, elegant finish. Leather, spices, dried herbs and tobacco add complexity to the fruit, but it is the wine’s impeccable sense of harmony that is most impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015."