Stunning 95 Point Chianti Classico
Who doesn't love Chianti? It's a glorious food wine. We drink it several times a month (at least!). Today we'll explore what makes Chianti tick.
Chianti is a region in Tuscany, Italy which is famous for its Sangiovese-based red wines. Sangiovese must comprise 75-100% of the wine, but it may also contain other grapes such as Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
This gorgeous wine appellation is broken into subzones, which can be classified according to the respective aging requirements. The general entry-level Chianti appellation has six months of aging (as does Chianti Colli Senesi). Moving up the ladder, with one year's aging we find Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Superiore and Chianti Classico (we always carry each of these wine appellations in the store).
As we approach the more narrow portion of the ladder we'll find Chianti Classico Riserva which requires two years of aging. Finally, at the very tiny tippy top there is Chianti Classico Gran Selezione which requires 2.5 years of aging.
Gran Selezione wines are typically on the expensive side. We opened one from Isole e Olena several weeks ago which sells for $250/bottle. Yes, it was definitely worth it!
What if we told you we have on offer today a Gran Selezione with not one, but two 95 point scores, selling for less than $31/bottle after case discount?!?
Tenuta Di Arceno Strada al Sasso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione (DOCG) 2015
Strada Al Sasso is the flagship, single-vineyard, single-block Sangiovese from Tenuta Di Arceno. It's the most intense, brooding, concentrated and complex wine they produce at Tenuta di Arceno. The aromatics are saturated with dark fruit, dark-roasted coffee beans and violets. The palate is dense and commanding with dried plums, nutmeg, earth, wet slate, firm acids and fine tannins. While this wine drinks well in its youth, it's built to evolve and improve over the next decade or more.
Suggested food pairings include wild boar pappardelle, hard cheeses like Asiago and Manchego, roasted chicken and anything with Bolognese sauce
Let's head over to the BLOCKBUSTER press.
"This wine has recently been upgraded from Riserva to Gran Selezione status. The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Strada al Sasso (100% Sangiovese) is shaped by the excellent growing conditions that characterize this classic vintage. This is a full-bodied expression of Sangiovese with contemporary aromas of black cherry, leather, cigar box, sweet tobacco and toasted espresso. This wine provides sweet tannins and lots of succulent fruit richness on the close." (Wine Advocate)
Wine Advocate: 95 points
"Creme de cassis, black cherries, spices and charcoal. Very refined and structured with a delightful, zesty serving of acidity and a long, chewy nish. An honest, elegant wine that shows great clarity." (James Suckling)
James Suckling: 95 points
At just $37.99/bottle this wine is a jaw dropping, eye opening, unbelievable value.
Unfortunately, we have limited supply of this wine so all orders will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. This offer is limited to one 6-pack case per customer. We suggest you move quickly and press reply to reserve your case. This offer is guaranteed to vanish quickly.
Oh, did we mention a solid 6-pack case is just $182.35/6 pack case ($30.39/bottle). At less than $31/bottle with two 95 point scores from an incredible vintage this wine is a sensational value.
Save the date!!!
Our next wine tasting event will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 6:00-8:00 pm at SunBird restaurant in Orleans. We're calling it "Value Wines For The Holidays For Under $25." We hope to see you there. The email invitation will be sent out late next week. The wines for this event are absolutely incredible.
Save the date again!!!
We'll be hosting a wine tasting lunch at L'Alouette in Harwich on Saturday, December 7 from noon - 1:30 pm with the prestigious wine importer Wilson Daniels. We'll be sending out the invitation for this event in mid November!
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