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Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2018
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Vinous Media 93
"The 2018 Chianti Classico opens with a burst of sweet red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers. Exuberant and racy, the 2018 is endowed with tremendous energy and tons of personality. Time in the glass brings out the wine's inner sweetness and radiance, with a closing flourish of red flowers. This is a fabulous wine for the money. Don't miss it.-- Antonio Galloni"

James Suckling 92
" A red with blackberries, black cherries and hints ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #39140
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Vinous Media 93
"The 2018 Chianti Classico opens with a burst of sweet red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers. Exuberant and racy, the 2018 is endowed with tremendous energy and tons of personality. Time in the glass brings out the wine's inner sweetness and radiance, with a closing flourish of red flowers. This is a fabulous wine for the money. Don't miss it.-- Antonio Galloni"

James Suckling 92
" A red with blackberries, black cherries and hints of sliced dark mushrooms that follow through to a medium body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Some bark, too. Always a serious Chianti Classico. Drink now."

The Wine
90 Sangiovese, 8 Canaiolo and 2 Colorino
The estates flagship wine
Fermentation over three weeks
Aged 11 months in glass-lined concrete vats and Allier oak vats from 54 to 56 Hl
Bottled unfiltered
5240 cases produced annually

The Estate
The Ricasoli name is inextricably linked not only to the history of Chianti, but also to the history of Tuscany. Geremia, the founder of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family, established a castle (or Rocca) at Montegrossi in the 7th century AD. In 1141, Castello di Brolio passed into the family holdings and the Ricasolis entered into the wine business. It was here that the so-called Iron Baron Bettino Ricasoli created the recipe for Chianti in 1872. Fast forward to today, and his relative, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is once again making history in the familys ancestral lands.

Marcos father planted the San Marcellino vineyard at Rocca di Montegrossi in 1966, coincidentally the year of Marcos birth. With the tragic passing of his father in 1972, Marcos mother took over production of the wines, which gained international fame in the 1970s and 1980s. Marco joined the estate in 1994, and dedicated himself to crafting great wine. To that end, he built a new cellar for Montegrossi in 1999, including a space to age his beloved vin santo, and also honed his philosophy of wine production. Quality would always be paramount, but respecting the environment and conserving natural resources was also of crucial importance. In 2006, he started the laborious process of converting to organic viticulture, which was completed in 2010. Marco uses solar panels to source some of the energy necessary for his cantina, while the remainder is exclusively from certified renewable sources. Large cisterns are also used to gather rainwater for farm work in order to save precious drinking water.

Rocca di Montegrossi is located in Monti in Chianti close to the Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Long regarded as one of the finest sections of Chianti Classico, Montegrossi boasts such neighbors as San Giusto a Rentennano, Badia a Coltibuono, & Il Palazzino. The estate encompasses about 100 hectares; 20 of which are planted to vine, another 20 are olive groves, and the remainder is forest. The vineyards are on gentle south and southeast-facing hillsides with calcareous loamy soils, at elevations between 340 and 510 meters above sea level. The primary varietal is Sangiovese (13 hectares), followed by Merlot (2.5 hectares), while the remaining 4.5 hectares are planted to Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pugnitello, and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti.

The estate produces two wines with the Chianti Classico designation. Both are based on Sangiovese, which in this area yields an extremely elegant, balanced wine with pleasant minerality. To further increase the complexity of the wines, three complementary indigenous varieties are added: Canaiolo, Colorino, and Pugnitello. Geremia is the estates IGT wine comprised of 70 Merlot with 30 Cabernet Sauvignon, and a rosato is also produced in small quantities. The crown jewel of the estate is the vin santo, produced in a painstakingly traditional manner according to Marcos mothers original specifications. Marco is assisted at the estate by consulting enologist, Attilio Pagli.

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Rocca di MontegrossiThe Ricasoli name is inextricably linked not only to the history of Chianti, but also to the history of Tuscany. Geremia, the founder of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family, established a castle (or Rocca) at Montegrossi in the 7th century AD. In 1141, Castello di Brolio passed into the family holdings and the Ricasolis entered into the wine business. It was here that the so-called "Iron Baron" Bettino Ricasoli created the "recipe" for Chianti in 1872. Fast forward to today, and his relative, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is once again making history in the family's ancestral lands.

Marco's father planted the San Marcellino vineyard at Rocca di Montegrossi in 1966, coincidentally the year of Marco's birth. With the tragic passing of his father in 1972, Marco's mother took over production of the wines, which gained international fame in the 1970s and 1980s. Marco joined the estate in 1994, and dedicated himself to crafting great wine. To that end, he built a new cellar for Montegrossi in 1999, including a space to age his beloved vin santo, and also honed his philosophy of wine production. Quality would always be paramount, but respecting the environment and conserving natural resources was also of crucial importance. In 2006, he started the laborious process of converting to organic viticulture, which was completed in 2010. Marco uses solar panels to source some of the energy necessary for his cantina, while the remainder is exclusively from certified renewable sources. Large cisterns are also used to gather rainwater for farm work in order to save precious drinking water.

Rocca di Montegrossi is located in Monti in Chianti close to the Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Long regarded as one of the finest sections of Chianti Classico, Montegrossi boasts such neighbors as Montevertine, Badia a Coltibuono, & Riecine. The estate encompasses about 100 hectares; 20 of which are planted to vine, another 20 are olive groves, and the remainder is forest. The vineyards are on gentle south and southeast-facing hillsides with calcareous loamy soils, at elevations between 340 and 510 meters above sea level. The primary varietal is Sangiovese (13 hectares), followed by Merlot (2.5 hectares), while the remaining 4.5 hectares are planted to Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pugnitello, and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti.

The estate produces two wines with the Chianti Classico designation. Both are based on Sangiovese, which in this area yields an extremely elegant, balanced wine with pleasant minerality. To further increase the complexity of the wines, three complementary indigenous varieties are added: Canaiolo, Colorino, and Pugnitello. Geremia is the estate's IGT wine comprised of 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a rosato is also produced in small quantities. The crown jewel of the estate is the vin santo, produced in a painstakingly traditional manner according to Marco's mother's original specifications. Marco is assisted at the estate by consulting enologist, Attilio Pagli.

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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