External Reviews for Rood 20 Chianti Classico Tenuta Sant'Alfonso Toscane & Umbrië Rocca Delle Macie Italie
The late Italo Zingarelli, a highly-acclaimed Italian film producer best known for his classic spaghetti westerns, purchased Rocca delle Macie properties in Castellina in Chianti in 1973 and thus embarked on a career as one of Chianti Classico’s more unlikely wine producers. Thanks to his dedication and passion and that of his son Sergio, who now oversees the property, Rocca delle Macie has become one of Tuscany’s leading wine estates. Production Area Grapes come exclusively from the estates of Rocca delle Macie, specifically the Le Macie and Sant’Alfonso vineyards. The soil is calcareous limestone. Grape Varieties 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Vinification Following destemming, the berries are softly pressed and fermentation is completed on the skins at 75° - 79°F. Malolactic fermentation occurs in spring. The wine is aged 9-14 months in barriques, small 225L barrels made of French oak, and further matures in the bottle for approximately nine months prior to release. Color Ruby red with garnet reflections. Bouquet Rich and persistent, with a balanced amount of oak from the barrels Taste Dry, refined with lingering flavors. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Serve at a temperature of 66°F or lower. It complements red meat and game very well.
/ This vibrant '98 has an athletic muscularity and power, the fruit still youthfully purple, still primary with scents of rose. The tannins are black and impacted, needing years to soften. For now, it's brisk and tense, meaty as prosciutto, needing something heady and rich to tame it, like the marrow in osso buco.
Rocca delle Macie - The Story of a Passion/ "Slightly rustic but still polished. The nose is toasty and full of bramble, spice and zesty red fruit. Rich and meaty in the mouth, where exotic but clear flavors of berries, toast and vanilla draw you in. Fairly lush in the long run, with commendable acidity and overall balance. A fine Tuscan red."
/ Graham cracker, raisin and citrus peel match wits with dark-fruit aromas; ultimately the bouquet is quite nice. Forward and full in the mouth, with black cherry and dark plum flavors. With no holes and plenty of ripeness, this is a fine wine that will appeal to those who like their bold fruit.
Ser Gioveto 2007 - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast/ With 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon added to the blend, Ser Gioveto shows impressive density and staying power as well as ripe, chewy fruit aromas. It boasts a big, masculine style that would stand up to roast beef or meatloaf.
Ser Gioveto 2008 - 91 points, Wine Enthusiast/ Ser Gioveto is 80% Sangiovese with small additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has a deeply saturated ruby color and compelling aromas of ripe fruit, strawberry, rum cake and soft spice. There’s a jammy accent in the bouquet that gives momentum to its rich, velvety mouthfeel.
Ser Gioveto 2009 - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast/ A cheerful super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this shows a very elegant and sophisticated side. It is modern, plump and extracted, but it also delivers fine aromas of cherry, vanilla, spice and pipe tobacco.
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