2011 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

SKU #1130719 92 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (8/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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  (10/ 2013)

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: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/20/2014  | Send Email
From the very user friendly 2011 vintage, this is one of our best values from Tuscany, black cherries, spicy oak, and a touch of earth. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, with fine concentration and a dry finish, with well integrated and soft tannins. Enjoy tonight and over the next couple years.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2013  | Send Email
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A broad and instantly appealing wine showing the a rich fruit character of the warm 2011 vintage in Tuscany. Chianti still seems to have a negative stigma attached to it from all those bad wines produced from the region. However this is a wine that does a lot to convince people there are some classics to be found if one looks in the right places. Dark, saturated, ripe fruits. A touch of spicy oak and roasted earth. The tannins are present but beautifully softened by this wines unctuous mid palate fruit. Great wine for enjoying right now and for the next 5+ years. Perfect for grilled red meats.

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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