Mamma mia! What an opportunity to score yourself some top brass Chianti Riserva from Tuscany at a heavily discounted rate!
The importer is dropping this label from their portfolio and offered us first dibs on helping clear the stock. One sip and we were all over it like a rash – this looks and tastes every part like a $25-30 quality Tuscan red. Which it should, that’s what it usually sells for and what you can expect to pay for quality Chianti Riserva!
Strict Italian wine laws mean that to call this Chianti (pronounced key-an-tee) grapes must be sourced entirely from one of the 8 Chianti regions and must be made with least 75% of the Sangiovese grape. It’s also certified DOCG which means Denominazione Di Origine Controllata e Garantita – if you’re like us and don’t speak a word of Italian don’t worry DOCG is the top wine in their grading system (the others are DOC and IGT). Riserva means it has to be aged for a minimum of 2 years in oak and is often the top Chianti made by a producer.
Nestled in the heart of Tuscany is Montalbano – the picture perfect Italian hillside town that’ll make you want to pack your bags and get on the next plane over there. Cobblestone streets, terracotta roofed villas and 16,000 hectares of walking and hiking tracks through the ‘Hills of Leonardo’ (Da Vinci that is, he was born in these neck of the woods).
A Double Gold medal and winner of Best Chianti at the San Francisco International Wine Competition (2016) – this is medium to full bodied and full of delicious, dark, savoury, spicy red fruits and well rounded tannins. What an absolute belter!