The powerful style is readily apparent with this 2012 Chianti Classico. A subtle bitterness and firm, but not astringent, tannins cry for food.
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Verrazzano, Castello di
Grape Varieties95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo
AppellationChianti Classico DOCG
DescriptionA founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times -- the property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements -- but its growing reputation among wine lovers in Italy and abroad is due to the spirit and industry of its present owners, Luigi and Silvia Cappellini, an engaging couple who with their two daughters call Verrazzano home. Verrazzano's modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines. Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a select few estates forming "the foundation on which Chianti's renewed prestige has been built." One hundred and five acres of vines thrive in its limestone rich soil. Though present in southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern sector, accounting for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in Verrazzano wines.
VinificationGrapes are harvested by hand at the end of September to mid-October and undergo a 10-14 day maceration period. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels and refines in bottle an additional four months prior to release.
NoseIntense and persistent; aromas of cherry and blackberry with floral notes (red roses)
PalateDry with soft tannins and refined red fruits with a trace of mint on the mid-palate
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.7 %pH: 3.58RS: 2.6 g/lTA: 4.8 g/l
750 ml, 1.5 L
Serving SuggestionsPairs well with traditional Italian foods, including pasta with tomato sauce as well as roast meats and aged cheeses.