Ricasoli for Not Wednesday
The House of Ricasoli has had an indelible impact on the history and quality of Chianti. According to Burton Anderson, “it is the world’s oldest winery,” having produced wines since 1141. Not only did an early Baron help create the appellation system, but in 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (The “Iron Baron”) developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.
After a few years of foreign ownership in the 60s and 70s, the Ricasoli winery is back in Italian hands -in fact, Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Baron of the original family, gained control in 1993. He has replanted several vineyards with improved clones, has improved the vinification technology, and has invested in new cooperage.
At its winery, it vinifies its own and other estates’ wines, including those of Castello di Brolio. The Ricasoli family continues to show its commitment to quality and innovation. It was a leader of the Super Tuscan movement, with the production of its award-winning Casalferro. It produces a full range of Tuscan wines, ranging from Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG to the newest addition to the line, Formulae, a 100% Sangiovese aged in American oak casks.
2016 Barone Ricasoli IGT, Tuscany IT – Red Blend :: $15 Sale $13
Brilliant ruby red. Lovely fragrances of ripe fruit and menthol hints invade the nose. Round, pleasant, nice freshness on the mouth. Easy to drink.
2015 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico, Tuscany IT – Sangiovese :: $26 Sale $22
This robust red is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It opens with aromas of black currant, cedar and a hint of violet while the firmly structured palate offers dried black cherry, vanilla, licorice and a touch of mocha. Assertive but polished tannins provide support.
2015 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda, Tuscany IT – Sangiovese :: $30 Sale $26
Complex and harmonious wine in the traditional style, with an unmistakable label. Intense ruby red in color with slight garnet reflections. To the nose, flavors of ripe red fruit, scents of cherries with delicate balsamic and vanilla notes. The palate is voluminous, sapid, with a great structure. The elegant tannin and the pleasant acidity give this wine a long and enveloping finish. A blend: 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Barone Ricasoli Bolgheri, Tuscany IT – Red Blend :: $44 Sale $39
A firm and silky red with light currant and fresh herb aromas and flavors. Medium to light body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Can be drank now even if it is a little lean and austere. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot.
SATURDAY TASTING || CHRISTMAS BEER
We will have a few of our favorite Christmas themed beers to taste and for you to pick up for your holiday dinner. Jared our beer buyer will be hosting this tasting!
We start sipping’ and tastin’ from 4-7, Cheers!
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