2019 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
The history of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family in Tuscany is a rich tapestry of kings and statesmen, its fabric woven together with the vine. For more than 37 generations, this ancient family has cultivated grapes and crafted wines in Monti in Chianti, the "very best area" of Chianti Classico, according to Antonio Galloni.
The family's roots in Tuscany began with a man named Geremia back in 1141, when the name "Chianti" had yet to be spoken and Tuscany was the scene of many a battle between warring families. The "rocca" of Montegrossi was a strategic post, high up on a plateau, providing shelter for traveling dignitaries.
For centuries the family guarded the "rocca" and cultivated vines on its sunny slopes. Yet it was in the nineteenth century when Baron Bettino Ricasoli-the "Iron Baron" and future prime minister of a united Italy-created the original "formula" for Chianti Classico's blend of grapes.
The "Iron Baron" was winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi's great-great-great grandfather. Today on the very same land where his forefathers grew grapes, Marco crafts peerless Chianti Classico wines according to the traditions and wisdom of countless generations.
Rocca di Montegrossi's Chianti Classico is the estate's flagship wine; it is a blend of about 90% Sangiovese, with Canaiolo and Colorino. It ages mainly in large casks and barrels made with Allier oak for 12-14 months. It is unfiltered, and after bottling it ages another 6 months prior to release.
Decanter, 92 points
Outer quote mark Owner Marco Ricasoli recalls the harvest of 2019 as unusually calm – one of the few in which he didn’t have to base his picking strategy on the weather forecast. While his wines never lack freshness, the 2019 is positively racy! Scents of blackberry and fennel are interlaced with smoke, and the palate brings together brambly fruit with fleshy red plum. This is mouthfilling and clean, with ripe, smooth tannins that are chalky textured - plus all of that vibrant acidity. (MM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)
James Suckling, 92 points
Plums, spices, mushrooms and dried herbs on the nose. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins. Juicy and textured with tangy acidity and spicy character. Flavorful finish.
Vinous, 91 points
The 2019 Chianti Classico is an elegant, polished wine. Lifted aromatics, silky tannins and mid-weight structure give the 2019 its gracious personality. In 2019, the Chianti Classico is a bit restrained and less overt than it can be. That means it needs time in bottle to truly blossom. I would cellar the 2019 for at least a few years. The 2019 is so distinctive. Rating : 91+
Italy, Tuscany, Chianti
90% Sangiovese, 8% Canaiolo, 2% Colorino
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