2005 Caposaldo Chianti

As far as I know this Chianti is bottled under this label "Caposaldo" and is actually not a winery of it's own. I know that the fruit they source is not estate fruit, however I'm not sure if it's just a negociant type situation or if they have their own crush facility. It is a wine imported by Kobrand and their website doesn't get into the specifics of where the wine is made and who owns the label.

The 2005 Caposaldo is made from 75% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% Malvasia. Seventy percent is aged in wood (large, 25hl casks) for eight months and 30% rests in cement tanks before blending.

It's very interesting to be tasting a Chianti that is already 6 years old. Most basic Chianti that I taste is 2 years old at max. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever tasted a basic Chianti D.O.C.G. wine this old in my wine career. This should be interesting.......

First of all the color is still quite ruby in color in the center of the glass. Actually, the color is doesn't give too many clues about the vintage.

On the nose I get some rusty stewed tomato notes that combine with hints of tobacco, plum, and leather. There are some dry cherry notes too, and hints of cedar wood as well.

On the palate I get a very dry cherry and leather flavor, as well as some black tea and earthy tones. It's a nice bloody, rusty, and "tomatoey" tasting wine that would be perfect with a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Actually the word "Sangiovese" is derived from sanguis Jovis, which means "the blood of Jove"....It's a bloody wine!! 85 points

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