2017 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscano, Italy – WS94

2017 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscano, Italy – WS94




Don’t know how long this wine will remain available?  OR if it too will see a substantial price increase. We are cutting our margins to $34.95.  Most wines with similar ratings are running from $75 to $150 a bottle.  After tasting the wine last weekend, we can vouch for the excellent rating.  No meatball wine, this one is extremely well structured and really requires a medium rare Bistecca Fiorentina …. Like a Brunello di Montalcino.  Rich, ripe, concentrated and super enjoyable now, but should evolve nicely for another 10+ years.

“Supple and vibrant, yet concentrated, featuring black cherry, blackberry, violet, mineral and tobacco aromas and flavors. Firmly structured and balanced, with a terrific finish that melds all the components and leaves a chalky sensation. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2024 through 2038. 4,000 cases made; 2,000 cases imported.” – 94 points, Wine Spectator (Sept 30, 2022) — BS

Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Syrah
First vintage produced: 1970
Production area: Greve in Chianti
Vineyard position: 230-400 MASL with south-southwest, northern, and southern exposure.
Soil: clayey, with prevalent amounts of alberese and colombino stone
Training system: Guyot and spur-trained cordon
Vineyard age and density: 5-30 years; 4000-7000 plants per hectare
Harvest: manual, during the last week of September for Merlot and Syrah and the first week of October for Sangiovese.
Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation at 26-30°C in stainless steel and maceration for 15 days. Malolactic fermentation in both wood and stainless steel.
Aging: in barriques of 225 and 300 l for 12 months and large Slavonian oak barrels for another 12 months.
Tasting notes: Intense ruby red with violet nuances. A complex nose with sour cherry, ripe blackberry, and cassis with undertones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and freshly ground pepper. On the palate, soft and fresh, with the alcohol rounding out the harshness of the tannins. Finishes with a long, toasted note. Will age well for more than 10 years.
Alcohol: 14.0%


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