2016 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

SKU #1428369 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and flowers follow through to a full body with tight and silky tannins. A pretty and polished finish. A subtle and driven wine.  (9/2018)

92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Chianti Classico is a very serious wine in its peer group. Rich, vivid and beautifully layered, the Chianti Classico will give readers a very good look at just how compelling 2016 is as a vintage. Sweet red cherry, tobacco and menthol notes open up in the glass, but more than anything else, Rocca di Montegrossi's Chianti Classico is a wine of true character. It will age gracefully for a number of years. (AG)  (2/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and expressive, exuding violet, black cherry, black currant and mineral flavors. Linear and wound up, with a core of fruit to match the firm structure. (BS)  (10/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
This exceptional Chianti stole the show at our recent Italian wine tasting for consumers and reminded us why this estate ranks among the best in the Chianti zone. The combination of its complex perfumed aromatics and richly flavored and textured palate impressed from beginning to end. If you're in search of great Chianti or doubt its existence, look no further.

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
When I'm at home and just drinking wines that I love, I'm probably drinking Chianti. Now, don't get me wrong. I don't love all Chianti, but when it's good it's one of the best values in all of Italy. This is that wine! 2016 is a knockout vintage and this is a perfect example why. Soft, supple tannins and bright, zippy acidity give this wine a rich, round structure on which the bright dark cherry fruit, slightly minty aromas can sing.The only downside to this wine is that it is so good now, we likely will drink it all before we get a chance to see what it's like in its potentially long life.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of marasca cherry, hints of truffle, earth, bits of leather, spice, it is really complex. On the palate the wine has richness, structure, balance and shows lots of complexity. The wine really shows the character of the 2016 vintage, depth, structure and a truly savory character, this is no simple, fruity Chianti this is a driven, powerful wine. The tannins are well framed and give a perimeter to the wine but just barely hold in the well-balanced richness and supple middle. This vintage is 88% Sangiovese, 8% Canaiolo and 4% Colorino, it’s aged for 1 year in 55 hectoliter French oak (Allier) barrels, if you’re not up on hectoliter conversion that would fit almost 25 barriques, it’s a BIG barrel, and the wine is Certified Organic. I love this vintage and will be stocking up!

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2019 | Send Email
Here is one our most popular wines from Tuscany! The 2016 reminds me a lot of the 2010 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. Two BIG Thumbs up !!!

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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.


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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.