torsdag 18. september 2014

Eldre Chianti

Vinmøte Kim 28.8.14

Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Berardenga 1995, Felsina

Mørk frukt fremdeles med friske kirsebær og intakt syre. Vinen holder seg veldig godt etter snart 20 år og denne vinene har alltid vært en tilgjengelig og godt priset vin på Vinmonopolet. 92 poeng. Dette viser at vinmarken er spesiell: The Rancia vineyard takes its name from the historic Rancia estate, once a Benedictine monastery. Located in Castelnuovo Berardenga at elevations ranging between 400 and 420 metres with a fine southwest-facing exposure, the vineyard covers 6.25 hectares. The more recent plantings utilized genetic material from massal selections gathered from the old Rancia vineyard. The soil is composed of the limestone-derived alberese classic to the Castelnuovo Berardenga area and of galestro marl in some areas. First vintage was 1983.

Chianti Classico 1996, Fontodi

Sliten nebbe-nese, utviklet og burde vært drukket for endel år siden. Viser at standard Chianti Classico bør drikkes innen 10 år. Riserva tåler 10 år til. 84 poeng.

Chianti Classico Riserva 1996, Badia a Coltibuono

Tross et modent preg, holder vinen seg frisk med modne og søte kirsebær. 88 poeng.

Located in Gaiole in ChiantiBadia a Coltibuono’s history dates back to 1051, to the Vallombrosan order of monks, whose fine abbey (‘Badia’ ) still stands proud at the heart of the wine property; ‘Coltibuono’ means ‘good crop’ by the way. Current owners, the Stucchi Prinetti family have only been in residence since its purchase in1846 by great great grandfather and Florentine banker Michele Giuntini, cousin of the Selvapiana family of Rufina.

The present generation, siblings Emanuela, Roberto, Paolo & Guido, now run the show, bringing this most traditional of wine estates up to date. At 74ha it’s no garage operation, but it is fortunate in owning a significant slice of subzone/sottozona Monti in Chianti, whose excellent terroir is much prized.

Another asset is their stock of ancient Sangiovese clones, which they have used to replant key sites at higher densities of 7-8,000 Sangiovese plants per hectare; as opposed to the ultra traditional pattern of low densities of red and white grapes.

In 1996 they built a new winery in Monti, and with the 2003 harvest their fruit was certified ICEA organic. Roberto Stucchi Prinetti remarks that since going organic they’ve noticed that the fermentations have been easier to follow. He adds that though they’ve sacrificed journalist ‘Points’ they’re more than happy with the pale elegance of their wines. They also produce a Chianti Classico Riserva

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