2011 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico (Previously $20)
The 2011 Chianti Classico is easily one of the wines of the vintage. A dark, juicy Chianti, the 2011 explodes in all directions with generous, totally inviting fruit. The style is big, rich and voluptuous, but all the elements are in the right place. Readers who find the style of the vintage too exuberant will want to cellar the 2011 for a few years, or, even better, head straight for the 2010.
A broad, ripe version, offering cherry, plum, violet and tobacco notes. Pure and vivid, with bright fruit and a lingering, peppery finish. Good length. Best from 2015 through 2024. 3,000 cases made. –BS
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The youthful 2011 Chianti Classico is Sangiovese with small parts Canaiolo and Colorino. It opens with a pretty dark color and unique aromas of wet terracotta, fruit preserves, grilled herbs and black cherry...delivers a solid, no-fuss drinking experience. Rocca di Montegrossi is a beautiful 100-hectare estate near Gaiole in Chianti with 20 hectares of vine and 20 hectares of olive grove. Owner Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi farms organically and uses biofuel to power his tractors.
This is a K&L Direct Import. What that means to you, the consumer, is that we think the wines from this producer are SO GOOD that we import them ourselves. It also means that the wines are incredible values, because we don't have to pay any middle men. Rocca di Montegrossi is located in the commune of Gaiole in Chianti, near the church of San Marcellino. This, the estate's flagship wine, is predominantly Sangiovese (90%) with equal parts Canaiolo and Colorino, aged in large casks for 14 months and in bottle for another year. It is classic Chianti, polished and fresh, with bright cherry fruit, well-integrated tannins and spice. Drink now with some air, or cellar.