This comes from a hilltop vineyard in Greve, once owned by the navigator who sailed into New York harbor in 1524...the first European to arrive on the east coast after the Norse explorers. The property is now owned by the Cappellini family, the wine grown and made by Marco Chellini. This 2004 is a traditional Tuscan beauty, its substantial charms beginning with the fruitiness of black mushrooms and scents of the forest floor, the dark skin of wild cherries and the grip of sleek, earthy tannin. All the flavors are balled up in the middle, then they last on a silken thread. This should reach its peak ten years from the vintage and continue to age for years after that.
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Verrazzano, Castello di
Chianti Classico Riserva
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. In outstanding vintages, Verrazzano produces a Riserva Chianti Classico with grapes from the finest portions of the estate.
VinificationGrapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 24 months in new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release.
ColorDeep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time
NoseRichly perfumed, aroma of violets and cherry
PalateSmooth and elegant with opulent flavors reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.6RS: <2 g/LTA: 5.15
Serving SuggestionsWell-matched with red meat dished, roasts and aged cheeses.