~ Necessity meets Photography in Castellina in Chianti ~

Castellina in Chianti charms in many ways.   It’s a quiet town filled with quaint shops, excellent trattorie and meandering nooks and alleys that impress at every turn.  It’s also in the epicenter of Chianti Classico and home to some of the finest producers of Sangiovese in the region. 
In the past,  I have not been the largest admirer of the wines from Rocca delle Macie, but at the suggestion of Andrea Cecchi, I’ve given them a closer look.  Today’s article spotlights a wine from them that is not their latest release, but is nevertheless currently available on the market. 

~ Centered in Gallo Nero country, the courtyard at Rocca delle Macie honors the rooster ~

The 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva is a deep, dark ruby red with only the slightest fade toward brick at the outer edge of the rim.  This 10 year old Riserva has gorgeous aromatics.  Fully laden with fresh flowers, cured meats, fennel, crushed wild fruit and sweet pipe tobacco, this is a symphony!  On the palate there is masses of fruit with spices dotting the crushed berry flavors that are joined with turned earth and leather.  Stunning.  This is the best wine I’ve ever tasted from this estate and an amazing value.  95 points.  About $25. 
~ Another stunner from Castellina in Chianti ~


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