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Chianti Classico Riserva

External Review by Palm Bay International:

A founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times -- the property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements -- but its growing reputation among wine lovers in Italy and abroad is due to the spirit and industry of its present owners, Luigi and Silvia Cappellini, a young and engaging couple who with their two small daughters call Verrazzano home. Verrazzano's modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines. Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a select few estates forming "the foundation on which Chianti's renewed prestige has been built." One hundred and five acres of vines thrive in its limestone rich soil. Though present in southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern sector, accounting for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in Verrazzano wines. In outstanding vintages, Verrazzano produces a Riserva Chianti Classico with grapes from the finest portions of the estate. Production Area Tuscany, Italy From the Greve district in the northern portion of the Chianti Classico DOC, south of Florence in Tuscany. 105 acres of vine are planted at altitudes ranging from 1,150 to 1,480 feet in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil. Though present in warmer, southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern portion of the district. The soil here is extremely lean and stony (43% lime, 29% clay, 28% sand). Fertilization is entirely organic. Grape Varieties 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Vinification Grapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 24 months new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release. Color Deep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time Bouquet Richly perfumed. Aroma of violets and cherry Taste Smooth and elegant with an opulent flavor reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse Alcohol 14%

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Castello di Verrazzano:
The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716. Its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance; today it is possible to easily overlook the vineyards which fan out acro... Read more
The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716. Its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance; today it is possible to easily overlook the vineyards which fan out across the slopes to the edges of the wood further down the valley. The castle was an etruscan then a roman settlement before becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the VIIth century. Read less

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04/29/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chianti Classico Riserva

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
10/07/2013

A founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times -- the property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements -- but its growing reputation among wine lovers in Italy and abroad is due to the spirit and industry of its present owners, Luigi and Silvia Cappellini, a young and engaging couple who with their two small daughters call Verrazzano home. Verrazzano's modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines. Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a select few estates forming "the foundation on which Chianti's renewed prestige has been built." One hundred and five acres of vines thrive in its limestone rich soil. Though present in southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern sector, accounting for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in Verrazzano wines. In outstanding vintages, Verrazzano produces a Riserva Chianti Classico with grapes from the finest portions of the estate. Production Area Tuscany, Italy From the Greve district in the northern portion of the Chianti Classico DOC, south of Florence in Tuscany. 105 acres of vine are planted at altitudes ranging from 1,150 to 1,480 feet in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil. Though present in warmer, southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern portion of the district. The soil here is extremely lean and stony (43% lime, 29% clay, 28% sand). Fertilization is entirely organic. Grape Varieties 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Vinification Grapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 24 months new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release. Color Deep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time Bouquet Richly perfumed. Aroma of violets and cherry Taste Smooth and elegant with an opulent flavor reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse Alcohol 14%


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/28/2016

Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 - 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo, this opens with scents that suggest dark berry, sunbaked earth and cooking spice. The medium-bodied palate offers mature Marasca cherry, raspberry, toast and a sprinkling of clove alongside dusty tannins.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/24/2015

Riserva Chianti Classico 2011 - 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ This full bodied blend of Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo opens with heady scents of iris, violet, dark berry and a note of pipe tobacco. The firm, savory palate doles out ripe black cherry, licorice, ground black pepper and clove while assertive but well-integrated tannins prove support. Drink 2016-2021.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/24/2015

Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva 2012 - 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ A blend of Sangiovese, with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this offers aromas of ripe blackberry, baking spice, toasted oak and a balsamic note. The round, savory palate offers black cherry, ground pepper, anise, espresso and tobacco alongside polished tannins.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
09/26/2014

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2009 - 90 points, San Diego International Wine Competition /


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/14/2013

Chianti Classico Roserva 2009 - Tre Bicchieri 2013 winner, Gambero Rosso/


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/14/2013

Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Sangiovese is enhanced with tiny percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create a fresh, balanced wine, with aromas of red fruit and savory spice. The mouthfeel is soft and rich with good structure and fullness.


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