2010 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico (Elsewhere $26)

SKU #1094731 91 points Decanter

 Young, fresh and broad perfume with wild berry fruit and a smoky nuance. Palate is dry, intense and concentrated with more than average body for the vintage and sweet spice on the finish.  (11/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red-ruby. Truffle, violet and mocha aromas are complicated by minerals on the enticing nose. Creamy in texture but with good freshness to the raspberry and truffle flavors. At once powerful and plump, conveying a savory impression. Finishes smooth and long, but with a firm edge.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2012  | Send Email
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This could turn out to be one of the best Chianti Classico that Rocca di Montegrossi has ever made, wonderful growing season gave the wine loads of cherry and plum fruit in the nose while building a powerful frame to hold the richly textured fruit that seems layered on the palate. Outstanding wine also capable of aging another 5+ years.
Drink from 2012 to 2018

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2012  | Send Email
I had to smile when I saw that his wine went ahead and got 91 points, we at K&L have been enjoying this wine for years and could have told you it was darn good, but now there is some press to back us up. This is perennially one of my favorite Chiantiís, rich berry fruit, spice and that hint of earth you want from good Sangiovese. Really so much value for the money, the secret is out, and we are happy to share one of our staff favorites with you.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/11/2012  | Send Email
Gaiole in Chianti is a special place for wine, and unlike special places such as Pauillac in Bordeaux or Vosne in Burgundy, it is still a fantastic deal. The 2010 Rocca Di Montegrossi Chianti Classico has the poise and class of its origin, with depth, minerality and complexity to match its high quality cherry tinged sangiovese fruit. I put my money where my mouth was on this wine and bought a case. For me, this wine outclassed the much more expensive Brunello di Montalcino's that we tasted next to it. It simply did not need the thickness and alcohol to make an impression. I still have half my case of 2004, which is opening nicely now. This is a natural with a good pork chop- I hope you will try it!
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2020

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/28/2012  | Send Email
One of our most popular Chiantis is back with a great new vintage. Black cherry and earthy, herbal notes carry over to the dark fruit and lush tanins. Very versatile food wine.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/7/2012  | Send Email
Here is one our most popular wines from Tuscany! The 2010 reminds me a lot of the 2004 vintage, black cherries, spicy oak, and a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with fine concentration, with well integrated & soft tannins. Enjoy tonight (needs decanting time, an hour or so) and over the next few years.

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- 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.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Chianti

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14