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Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2016


$18.69 btl. | $98.75 ½ case ($16.46) reg. $23.00


92 points, Wine Spectator

 
The history of Rocca di Montegrossi and the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family in Tuscany is very much the history of Chianti itself; a rich tapestry of kings and statesmen whose fabric is woven together with the vine. For more than 37 generations this ancient family has cultivated grapes and crafted wines in Monti in Chianti, the “very best area” of Chianti Classico, according to Antonio Galloni.

The family’s roots in Tuscany began with a man named Geremia back in 1141, when the name “Chianti” had yet to be spoken and the region was the scene of many battles between warring families. The “rocca” (a type of Italian fortified stronghold, or fortress, typically located on a hilltop) of Montegrossi was a strategic post, high up on a plateau, providing shelter for traveling dignitaries.

For centuries the family guarded the “rocca” and cultivated vines on its sunny slopes. Yet it was in the nineteenth century when Baron Bettino Ricasoli—the “Iron Baron” and future prime minister of a united Italy—created the original “formula” for Chianti Classico’s blend of grapes.

The “Iron Baron” was owner/winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi’s great-great-great grandfather. Today on the very same land where his forefathers grew grapes, Marco crafts peerless Chianti Classico wines according to the traditions and wisdom of countless generations.

“Despite being located in one of the very best areas within Chianti Classico and boasting a superb track record, Rocca di Montegrossi remains one of the most under the radar estates in Chianti Classico, and Italy, for that matter. Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi crafts deep, powerful wines…The estate’s Chianti Classico is often one of the best wines in its class, while the flagship San Marcellino and Geremia are reliably outstanding.”—Antonio Galloni

Pete’s Tasting Notes:

“The 2016 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is a very deep garnet to rim with sauvage aromas of smoked meat, bacon fat, blackberry, toast, truffle and coffee bean emerging. Complex and rich black fruit palate with good balancing acidity. Hard to get past that sexy nose. Some black olive and espresso notes. Character and quality are way above the price point in a category that is far and away our most popular Italian wine.”

Winery notes:

Rocca di Montegrossi’s Chianti Classico is the estate’s flagship wine; it is a blend of about 90% Sangiovese, with Canaiolo and Colorino, and is produced every year. It ages mainly in large casks and barrels made with oak from Allier, for 12-14 months. It is unfiltered, and after bottling it ages another 6 months prior to release. In the glass it is lively ruby, with bright violet reflections, and on the nose displays the rich fruity aromas typical of the varietals, particularly forest berry fruit and sour cherries. On the palate it’s harmonious and well structured, with nice tannins and savory accents; it will easily age for 7-10 years.”

92 points, Wine Spectator:

Pure and expressive, exuding violet, black cherry, black currant and mineral flavors. Linear and wound up, with a core of fruit to match the firm structure. Best from 2021 through 2033.”
 

Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2016


$18.69 btl. | $98.75 ½ case ($16.46) reg. $23.00

 
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