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Chianti Leonardo da Vinci 2007

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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. 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 vineyards are situated on hillside slopes in the Chianti Classico zone between Florence and Siena. Soils here were formed by centuries of accumulated silt and clay sandstone with marl splinteredshale, being the primary component. They are deep and permeable and therefore reasonably good at retaining water. The resulting wine is deep ruby-purple in colour with perfumes of cherries and violets on the nose giving way to flavours of plum and blackberry on the palate. The ripe, autumn fruit character is supported by a backbone of supple tannins, infused with a note of lightly spiced cherry. Long and elegant on the finish.

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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 Chianti Leonardo da Vinci

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Snooth User: dkmrd5
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1.50 5
05/20/2009

Had a strong minerally off taste right up front and then rounded out to a dry finish. Not my favorite.


Snooth User: winehound69
40885602
2.50 5
01/24/2010

Not to impressed. Was not bad but there is better


Snooth User: Lushsot
380348157
2.50 5
02/23/2010

Chianti's aren't my favorite but this was passable for me.


Snooth User: Ratherdashing
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3.00 5
03/02/2010

I really like this very smooth with a bitter finish. Solid!


Snooth User: phillipsmi
3755279
4.00 5
02/12/2010

I really liked this wine. Normally I'm more of a white wine type of girl, but this wasn't too dry or too tart. I love the crimson red color, just beautiful. I could really taste the strawberry.


Snooth User: linzmeyer
20771039
4.00 5
06/30/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chianti Leonardo da Vinci

External Review
05/23/2011

A pleasant red, with blackberry and a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied, with tight, young tannins, lots of fresh fruit and a medium finish. Best after 2006.


External Review
05/23/2011

This really is the quintessential pizza or pasta wine. It offers medium intensity and build, just as Chianti should, and big notes of cherry fruit, tobacco, smoke and leather.


External Review
05/23/2011

Da Vinci delivers attractive ruby brilliance with sweet notes of red berry, leather, spice, espresso and toasted oak. This is approachable on every level and promises to make an excellent match to pasta and meat dishes.


External Review
05/23/2011

A decent, young red, with jammy damson and vanilla that turns chocolaty on the palate. Medium body. Young and supple. Well done. Drink now.


External Review
05/23/2011

Fresh and clean, with nice blueberry flavors. Medium-bodied, with a crisp finish. Drink now.


External Review
05/23/2011

Fruity, with juicy berry and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium body, with a clean finish. New addition to the E. & J. Gallo range of Italian wines. Drink now.


External Review
10/15/2009

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


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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. 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 vineyards are situated on hillside slopes in the Chianti Classico zone between Florence and Siena. Soils here were formed by centuries of accumulated silt and clay sandstone with marl splinteredshale, being the primary component. They are deep and permeable and therefore reasonably good at retaining water. The resulting wine is deep ruby-purple in colour with perfumes of cherries and violets on the nose giving way to flavours of plum and blackberry on the palate. The ripe, autumn fruit character is supported by a backbone of supple tannins, infused with a note of lightly spiced cherry. Long and elegant on the finish.

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