Giacomo Mori

The Mori family has owned this estate since the 18th century and have been growing grapes and selling wine to the local cooperative since the 1830s. However, it was not until the mid 1990s that Giacomo Mori renovated the vineyards and cellar and began estate bottling. Mori refurbished the family's spectacular cellar and re-equipped the ancient winery and cave. The cellar is dug into live tufo rock and is built on three different levels, in order to ensure that all the wine can be racked and transferred entirely by gravity feed. He chose only low-yielding rootstock and the finest clones of Chianti's indigenous Sangiovese and Canaiolo to resurrect his family's 10-hectare vineyard. He has spaced the vines tight, so as to force their roots to dig deep into the earth and yield maximum complexity. He prunes very short and employs only organic fertilization. No chemical sprays are used in the vineyards or the winery.

Mori now produces two Chiantis of extraordinary quality: The Chianti Normale and the Chianti Castelrotto. The regular Chianti is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo aged in the traditional large oak casks while the "Castelrotto" Riserva is 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot aged in French-oak barriques. Vinification takes place in stainless-steel tanks. Both Chiantis are the very essence of Sangiovese, both elegant and concentrated at the same time.

In the Veronelli Guide, Daniel Thomases awarded the 2003 Castelrotto 91 points, writing that "the true flavors of Chianti...the wines of Giacomo Mori have them, above all in the exquisite wine that bears his name."

Vineyard Practices: Giacomo Mori is practicing organic. While copper and sulphur-based products are used, the winery never uses chemical fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides. Leguminous plants (Vicia Faba) are sown on every other row between the vines. The plants are then mowed and tilled into the ground in order to provide green manure and natural Nitrogen. The soil is tilled between one vine and another on the row. Very low doses of SO2 are used to preserve the wines.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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Giacomo Mori 'Castelrotto' Chianti Riserva 2015
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Mori's 2015 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto is fabulous. A wine of class and precision, the Riserva is superb in 2015. As always, the Riserva includes a good bit of Merlot, but in 2015 the balance and integration of the wine is just terrific. Succulent red cherry, mint, leather and
Item Number: 32891
Case: $227.40

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2015
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "In 2015, the natural radiance of the vintage gives Mori's Chianti a little more richness than is often the case for this usually restrained wine. Although a bit rustic, the 2015 offers good Sangiovese character and tons of quality for the money. -- Antonio Galloni"  Tasting Notes
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Giacomo Mori 'Castelrotto' Chianti Riserva 2014
90  Antonio Galloni 
Vinous Media 90 "Hints of tobacco, game, leather, licorice and smoke emerge from Mori's 2014 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto. The first signs of aromatic development suggest that the 2014 may not be an especially long-lived wine. Even so, it will deliver considerable drinking pleasure for at least the

Giacomo Mori 'Castelrotto' Chianti Riserva 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "The 2013 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto is another fabulous wine from Mori. A conscious decision to move towards a more restrained style with the Riserva has resulted in an absolutely stellar wine endowed with real class and personality. Freshly cut flowers, tobacco, herbs and bright

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "The 2014 Chianti is a gorgeous wine. Bright, pure and focused, the Chianti is once again and overachiever in both its class and price range. Sweet red cherry, rose petals and spices are pushed forward. The 2014 offers lovely density, especially for the vintage. Mori gave the 2014

Giacomo Mori 'Castelrotto' Chianti Riserva 2012
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "The 2012 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto is quite pretty and delicate in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, crushed flowers, mint and gentle spices all take shape. Reflecting the more modest quality of the year compared with 2013, the 2012 Riserva is feminine in style, with a lifted,

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2013
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Giacomo Mori's 2013 Chianti is one of the best wines readers will find in its price range. The 2013 is especially dark, with notable richness and density, but there is also more than enough aromatic nuance and freshness to give the wine verve. Black cherry, hard candy, pomegranate,

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2012
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Mori's 2012 Chianti jumps from the glass with sweet red berries, smoke, spices and tons of pure Sangiovese personality. This plump, juicy Chianti delivers the goods, and then some. Readers looking for an affordable, traditionally made Chianti will adore the 2012. Dollops of

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2011
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Bright ruby-red. Enticing raspberry and red cherry aromas are lifted by mint, mineral and herbs. Fresh and juicy on the palate, with mouthwatering red cherry and flint flavors that carry very well on the back end. I love this wine's balance and easy-drinking charm; wines like

Giacomo Mori 'Castelrotto' Chianti Riserva 2010
92  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 92 "The 2010 Chianti Riserva Castelrotto is rich, generous and inviting, all within the very classic framework of the vintage. Sweet red cherries, flowers and spices abound in this beautifully delineated, classy Chianti. A result of the gradual phasing out of Merlot in favor of

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "right ruby-red. Enticing raspberry and red cherry aromas are lifted by mint, mineral and herbs. Fresh and juicy on the palate, with mouthwatering red cherry and flint flavors that carry very well on the back end. I love this wine's balance and easy-drinking charm; wines like this

Giacomo Mori 'Chianti' Sangiovese 2009
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88 "Sweet dark cherries, plums, spices and white flowers flow from the 2009 Chianti. This shows gorgeous freshness and vibrancy throughout. Firm but well-balanced tannins frame the finish. This is about as good a Chianti as readers will find for the money. Anticipated maturity:

Giacomo Mori Chianti 2008
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2008 Chianti is a fabulous wine. There is nothing showy here; just gorgeous varietal red fruit intermingled with floral, spiced notes in a fresh, accessible style. The inner sweetness and sheer purity of the fruit add up to an absolutely delicious wine that is impossible to