2010 Riecine Chianti Classico

SKU #1121322 93 points James Suckling

 A wine with fresh fruit and chocolate, berry and juicy character. Lovely undertones of sliced orange. Long. Intense.  (4/2010)

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This 100% Sangiovese hails from the organically farmed 30 hectare Riecine estate located Gaiole in Chianti. Here the rocky quartz and clay soils, farmed meticulously by hand, yield fruit with intensity and depth. Reicine also implements some biodynamic treatments and believes in slow, natural yeast fermentation; this enhances Sangiovese's natural spicy red fruit aromas and flavors and distinctive earthy character. For the Classico, a portion of the fruit ferments in small open vat lots with the balance in stainless steel, followed by aging for twelve to eighteen months in barrel. This is a lovely, medium-bodied Chianti with spicy red cherry and black plum aromas and flavors accented by cedar and earth spices. It's got just the right balance of fruit and tannin to pair well with a variety of foods. For a classic Tuscan pairing, try it with pappardelle with boar ragu!

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2013 | Send Email
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One of the best Chianti Classicos I have ever encountered. This wine has an enchanting purity and brightness. Great fruit and depth but with elegance and poise. The tannins are present but ultra fine and polished. Simply a delight to drink. Very versatile food wine and actually very drinkable on its own which is not something I would usually say about Chianti. I also believe this wine will age effortlessly for up to ten years as its balance is near perfect. Great wine.
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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2013 | Send Email
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This is sensational Chianti Classico, I almost don't want to say Chianti because so many folks have an idea of what they think Chianti tastes (and it isn't good) like but this is just out and out fantastic wine. 2010 a dynamite vintage for Chianti, the wine has loads of luscious up front fruit, superb balance and length and is just an experience! You'll love it!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2013 | Send Email
This Chianti Classico really knocked my socks off at a recent staff tasting! Incredible purity of fruit, withmore structure showing in the 2010 vintage. Blackberrt, red cherry, cassis, red currant and mineral with medium plus acidity and medium tannin. A fabulous choice for drinking now, or tucking away for a few years. This Chianti has great bones! Watch out, though- the staff all fell head over heels for this one- we might just buy it all first!
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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.