Winery of the Month – FEB 2019
In the late 60’s Chianti was known more for the wicker basket surrounding the bottle than for great Quality. Giovanni Carlo Sacchet and Antonio Mario Zaccheo set out to change this. They felt that Tuscany had a lot more to give. Through the use of cutting-edge technology and a drive to consistently push quality levels higher they felt they could produce a Chianti that would garner world renown. It appears that they have been successful as they are exported into over 70 countries and have garnered numerous wine awards. They continue to use technology to push the bounds of quality while maintaining a definitive Tuscan quality.
The company has five different properties located in some of the most prized regions of Tuscany. They farm with a great respect for nature and the tradition of the areas. This leads them to growing a wide range of varieties indigenous to Tuscany. Alongside the grapes they also have several varieties of olives and have protected marshland. They also raise a special breed of pig called Cinta Senese. This breed of pig dates to Etruscan days and was taken all over the world by the Romans.
Dogajolo Bianco – Here we have a blend of Chardonnay, Grechetto, and Sauvignon Blanc. It is fresh and vibrant with fresh white fruit aromas and flavors. It is medium bodied with bright acidity and pleasantly dry finish. It will go great with light seafood preparations and summer salads.
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Dogajolo Rosso – This red blend is composed of up to 70% Sangiovese and then any number of other grapes depending on the vintage. The idea is to have a distinct Italian flavor with as little vintage variation as possible. Red cherry fruit is always apparent alongside some vanilla and cedar flavors from a short period of oak aging.
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Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 – A minimum of 80% Sangiovese grapes along with Caniola and some other local varieties. The wine ages for around a year in oak barrels of different ages and countries of origin. It then ages in bottle for around a year before release. Flavors of cherry with some support from blackberry and cassis. There is also some vanilla and cedar aromas along with cherry pipe tobacco (my fathers favorite flavor). A medium weighted wine that will pair well with tomato sauces along with pork or beef dishes. 94pts Wine Spectator
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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 – At least 70% sangiovese, locally called Prugnolo Gentile, with a maximum of 30% other allowed varieties. The majorityof the wine is aged in large 5500L Slovenian oak barrels with a small proportion in small French oak barrels. You will once again taste cherry but alongside some darker fruit and violet. The tannins are persistent but not overwhelming. Definitely try this with steak Florentine, a ribeye grilled over high flame. #11 Wine Spectators top 100 wines of 2018
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