Rocca di Montegrossi - Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2019
Decanter - 92 Points - "Owner Marco Ricasoli recalls the harvest of 2019 as unusually calm – one of the few in which he didn’t have to base his picking strategy on the weather forecast. While his wines never lack freshness, the 2019 is positively racy! Scents of blackberry and fennel are interlaced with smoke, and the palate brings together brambly fruit with fleshy red plum. This is mouthfilling and clean, with ripe, smooth tannins that are chalky textured - plus all of that vibrant acidity."
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The Chianti Classio is Montegrossi's flagship wine, comprised of 90% Sangiovese, 8% Canaiolo and 2% Colorino, all certified organic. The wine undergoes a slow fermentation, then aged 11 months in glass-lined concrete vats and Allier oak vats, then bottled unfiltered. This is an extremely elegant, balanced wine with pleasant minerality, and unique complexity from the indigenous Canaiolo and Colorino varietals.
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.
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