~ Sergio Zingarelli of Rocca delle Macie ~

In 1973, when Italo Zingarelli purchased what has now become the Rocca delle Macie estate,  the property was little more than a dilapidated 14th century farmhouse surrounded by neglected vineyards just beyond the center of Castellina in Chianti.   

Leaving nothing to chance,  the Zingarelli’s embarked upon a rigorous effort to rebuild the stone farmhouse,  replant the vineyards, and construct a state of the art winery on the property.  Today, Italo’s son Sergio runs the estate as a family business where he lives with his wife and two children.  Rocca delle Macie is home. 

Recently I chronicled the best wine I think the estate has ever produced and in the wake of that tasting, my curiosity was quickly piqued about the estate’s other offerings.  Today we’re spotlighting an excellent value from the property – their latest release that’s available for under $12. 

~ Large Slavonian Botte in the Cantina at Rocca delle Macie ~

The 2012 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico  is a rustic blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Merlot.   In the glass, the wine is a medium ruby color throughout with pretty violet reflections. 

On the nose, the wine is redolent of Castellina.  Freshly crushed raspberry, violets and bright fresh herbs present themselves admirably.  In the mouth, the wine is a bit too lean and rustic to enjoy on its own, but no matter;  with a wonderful bowl of pasta with broccoli rabe and white beans,  the symphony was complete.  The red fruits in this wine plumped up nicely and there’s a delicious twinge of fennel seed on the finish.  Refreshing acidity, this paired perfectly with the pasta and was perfectly suited to the task.  A terrific value around $12.  87 points.  

~ Estate bottled from Castellina in Chianti ~

E vero!

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