We’re joining Jon in The Cellar again this week, to taste a delicious new Cellar Pick of the week. Jon is slowly taking us to the middle of Italy. This week we’re going to Tuscany, to Gaiole in Chianti in the Provence of Siena to be exact. We stop here to visit the famous Wine Cellars of Barone Ricasoli.
Cellar Pick of the Week: 2018 Ricasoli Chianti
Origin: Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy
Grape varietal: 85% Sangiovese and 15% complementary grapes
Ricasoli is one of the oldest and most representative wine producers in the Chianti Classico area. Picture this: gentle green hills, velvety valleys filled with vineyards as far as you can see, and thick woodlands of oaks and chestnuts in the distance. The 1,200 hectares of the property includes almost 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive groves. The cellars of Barone Ricasoli are at the foot of the impressive Brolio Castle, separated from the main body of the winery, and used exclusively for winemaking.
“I love this Chianti,” tells Jon us. “It has clear bright red fruits on the nose, and a very subtle hint of vanilla. This is a delicious Sangiovese based wine that exhibits dark cherry fruits on a medium weight palate. It has a nice tannin grip on the finish, but nothing too overpowering. A textbook introduction to Chianti”
Overall, 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October. Thanks to good underground water supplies, the vineyards never suffered water stress and ripened regularly. The quality of the grapes is still of a very high standard, which ends in a high-quality wine.
Available in the restaurant, or online from The Cellar. Make sure to use the code WineWednesday to receive 15% discount!
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