The Cellar: Chianti + More
Friday, December 14, 2012
This week’s first wine is brought to us by Arnaldo Caprai, the same producer whose Sagrantino from a few weeks ago continues to linger on my palate. This week I will be focusing on their 2011 Grechetto from Colli
At Arnaldo Caprai they make a 100% Grechetto in a dry style. It is aged 3 months in stainless steel and then finished off with 3 months of bottle aging prior to being released. This makes for a fresh, vibrant wine filled lemon and oranges on the nose, adding a good dose of minerality on the palate. This wine has some weight behind it but the bright acidity keeps it fresh. It turns slightly bitter three-quarters into the finish, but then it reverses and lingers nicely.
One of the best under-$20 bottles of wines I had in 2010 was Frescobaldi’s 2007 Riserva Chianti Rufina. So, when I was offered to taste the 2009 vintage I couldn’t pass it up. Marchesi de Frescobaldi is one of Italy’s
Chianti has to be at least 70% Sangiovese and allows for up to 10% Canaiolo and up to 20% of any other approved red grape varieties—this is true for both Classicos and Riservas. Frescobaldi makes their Rufina at their 1,500-acre Castello di Nipozzano. This wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is blended together and aged for 24 months in barrels followed by 3 months in bottle. This wine is a youngster displaying bright red fruit alongside black pepper and an herbal note. It is pretty tight right so allow it to breathe for a few hours.
Steffen Rasch CSW is ready to answer any wine-related questions, comments or concerns you may have. Feel free to email him at [email protected]. And as always, don’t forget to follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook and sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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