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Vignamaggio Sangiovese Blend Chianti Classico 2009

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Next tirne you glance at Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, don't focus on the half smiling face, but notice instead the delicately painted landscape of hills, vineyards, castles, and cypress trees in the background. That's almost exactly the view you get when you relax on the terrace at Vignamaggio, a 400-acre wine estate in Chianti. There's no reason to be surprised: Leonardo grew up just a few miles from here. Not only that, but Mona Lisa was born in Vignamaggio, which her family, the rich Gherardinis, called home-starting in the 14th century. "Vignarnaggio was a fairly well-known winery about 500 years ago", says corporate lawyer Gianni Nunziante, who bought the 85-room Renaissance building and surrounding hills in early 1988 and now is turning out excellent Chianti and other Tuscan wines. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 18-20 months in French oak barriques and later for at least 3 months in the bottle. The Wine Advocate scored it 92 points saying “The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monna Lisa is one of the more distinctive Chiantis in this vintage. Made in a super-ripe, opulent style, the Monna Lisa reveals superb textural richness buttressed by fine, silky tannins on a medium-bodied, elegant frame. The wine remains exquisitely youthful, with little in the way of tertiary development. Readers who prefer a more overt, fruit-driven style of Chianti will love the Monna Lisa. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.”

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Around 230,000 bottles of wine are produced every year, divided between Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, I.G.T. and Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC. The vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks of various capacities. After devatting, Grape the wine goes through the malolactic fermentation which normally takes around 20-30 days. After racking, the wine is refined in barrels... Read more
Around 230,000 bottles of wine are produced every year, divided between Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, I.G.T. and Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC. The vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks of various capacities. After devatting, Grape the wine goes through the malolactic fermentation which normally takes around 20-30 days. After racking, the wine is refined in barrels of various sizes according to the type of wine. During these initial phases, numerous tastings are carried out in order to decide upon the destination of the various batches and, thus, the type of aging to which they are to be subjected. After light clarification, the wine is filtered in order to respect its particular characteristics, and bottled and is stored for at least four to six months, depending on the type of product. Vinsanto which is produced from the white varieties Malvasia Lunga del Chianti and Trebbiano Toscano, is a traditional product of the Chianti district. After three months' natural drying in a ventilated room on the top floor of the villa, the grapes are pressed and, after light separation, the must obtained, (without the skins), is placed in small 75-100 litre oak barrels (kegs), where it slowly ferments. At the end of fermentation, the kegs are sealed and the wine is left for four years, after which it is bottled. Around two thirds of the total amount of bottles are exported and a third is sold directly by the estate or on the Italian market. The main importers are: United States, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, Holland, Austria, United Kingdom, Brazil. Read less

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Vintage: 2007 06/08/2011

Three and a half glasses


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Vintage: 2007 12/12/2014

Next tirne you glance at Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, don't focus on the half smiling face, but notice instead the delicately painted landscape of hills, vineyards, castles, and cypress trees in the background. That's almost exactly the view you get when you relax on the terrace at Vignamaggio, a 400-acre wine estate in Chianti. There's no reason to be surprised: Leonardo grew up just a few miles from here. Not only that, but Mona Lisa was born in Vignamaggio, which her family, the rich Gherardinis, called home-starting in the 14th century. "Vignarnaggio was a fairly well-known winery about 500 years ago", says corporate lawyer Gianni Nunziante, who bought the 85-room Renaissance building and surrounding hills in early 1988 and now is turning out excellent Chianti and other Tuscan wines. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 18-20 months in French oak barriques and later for at least 3 months in the bottle. The Wine Advocate scored it 92 points saying “The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monna Lisa is one of the more distinctive Chiantis in this vintage. Made in a super-ripe, opulent style, the Monna Lisa reveals superb textural richness buttressed by fine, silky tannins on a medium-bodied, elegant frame. The wine remains exquisitely youthful, with little in the way of tertiary development. Readers who prefer a more overt, fruit-driven style of Chianti will love the Monna Lisa. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.”


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Vintage: 2006 10/26/2011

The 2006 Cabernet Franc is marvelous in its ripe dark fruit, violets, graphite, espresso, Venezuelan bittersweet chocolate and minerals. The interplay between fruit and structure here is simply magnificent, while the wine's focus and crystalline puri... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Franc wine from Tuscany in Italy. 2006 Vignamaggio Vignamaggio 750ml



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