2007 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chianti Classico San Marcellino is a deep, dense wine with serious structure. The fruit is dark and inward, but over time the blackest of cherries, smoke, incense, minerals, earthiness and tar emerge in the glass. Far from an easygoing 2007, the San Marcellino needs at least a handful of years in the cellar, after which it should drink beautifully. The San Marcellino is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Pugnitello that spent 18 months in Allier oak (24% new), the traces of which need time to integrate. A touch of heat on the finish is borderline distracting, which is pretty much the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.
A rich and velvety red, with discreet oak notes. The flavors evoke fresh black cherry, plum and black tea, supported by grainy tannins. Drink now through 2018.
Marco Ricasoli grows some of the most distinctive and pleasurable Sangiovese in Tuscany high up in the hills of Gaiole in the deepest reaches of Chianti Classico. The star of Marco's vineyard is the San Marcellino--95% Sangiovese and a dash of Pugnitello that gives it just a slightly different depth and structure. The second release of the 2007 San Marcellino is powerful and structured and will age fantastically for the next 10-15 years. It's a luscious, broad and really really sexy version of this vineyard's power and intrigue. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)