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Chianti Rufina Riserva ‘Poggio Gualtieri’ DOCG

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Tasting Notes

The Chianti Rufina area, located in the hills to the east of Florence, is the most famous of the seven subzones that fall under Italy’s iconic Chianti DOCG, closer in style to the prestigious Chianti Classico DOCG than its contemporaries.

Because of altitude (which accounts for more pronounced diurnal temperature variation) and distance from the Mediterranean coast, Rufina has a more continental climate that makes Sangiovese-based wines in possession of good tannins and acidity.

‘Poggio Gualtieri’ is a Riserva made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, aged partly in large barrels and partly in French barriques fro 15 to 18 months. Female wine-maker Barbara Tamburini oversees the winemaking. Rich black ruby red in color. The bouquet is intense with red berry fruit overshadowed by cedar and spice. The nose is warm with hints of vanilla and spices resulting form the oak ageing.  The palate is full-bodied, well-structured, yet clean and fresh. Poggio Gualtieri will pair well with traditional Tuscan cuisine, grilled meats, pasta dishes with hearty sauces, and aged cheeses. Consistently excellent and a great value!

2006 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Spectator, 91 points by Wine & Spirits, 91 points on International Wine Cellar

2009 vintage rated 90 points by Ian D’Agata on Vinous

2011 vintage rated 90 points by Wine Spectator

Winery

Fattoria di Grignano

Region

Toscana

Varietal

90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

Location of Vineyards

Pontassieve,. Grignano

Orientation

South-Southeast

Altitude

350 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Organic

Soil

Clay, limestone

Type of Cultivation

Spurred cordon

Vinification

The Sangiovese grapes are harvested towards the last week in September and 1st week of October. Merlot is harvested the 3rd week of September. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. Malolactic fermentation occurs in 18hl barrles and barriques.

Aging

50% of the wine is aged in 18hl barrels, the other 50% ages in French oak barriques for 15 to 18 months. The wine spends a minimum of 12 months in bottle prior to release.

Alcohol Content

14%

Total Production

30,000 bottles

Oenologist

Barbara Tamburini