Monsanto Chianti Classico Annata Draft
Style: Full-bodied dry
The heart of Italy is Tuscany and the heart of Tuscany is Chianti. With its medieval hill towns, its beautiful cities and magnificent architecture, it can also boast some of the world’s greatest wine. Chianti has undergone profound changes even in the last several decades. For one, the grape blend used has evolved radically. In the last quarter of the 19th century, the Italian statesman and wine lover Bettino Ricasoli formulated a blend for Chianti. It ensured the dominance of Sangiovese with minority roles for Canaiolo and two white grapes Malvasia and Trebbiano. This was the situation for almost a hundred years receiving the imprimatur of Denominazione di Origine Controllata. But Chianti, like Italy, is a work in progress. In the 1990’s, other international red grape varieties were permitted including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In Chianti Classico, the use of white grapes has now disappeared altogether. The Classico zone is the central part of the Chianti wine region and the Monsanto estate has become one of the best known and most highly regarded. The first of their wines is the Annata made with 90% Sangiovese. The remaining 10% is of Canaiolo and another primarily Tuscan grape Colorino. As its name suggests, the latter has dark properties which are exploited in red blends such as this. The must is vinified in steel tanks at controlled temperatures with délestage and pumping over for about 20 days. The wine is then aged in Slavonian oak barrels for a year. Ruby red in the glass, red fruit and hints of herbs and smoke appear on the nose. Full-bodied and well-structured with a fine, long finish. Ideal with red meats, poultry and pasta. Or, when in Tuscany, try with a Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
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