The 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva is composed of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. It was aged for 24 months in French oak barrels.
On the nose there are some really pretty aromas of black cherry, chocolate, leather, tea leaf, and hints of tobacco. It has that quite distinct Italian terroir expression on the nose that is displayed in the form of a loamy soil characteristic and hints of ripe cherry and saddle leather. Very nice...
On the palate the wine is rich and savory, showing flavors reminiscent of blackberry, cherry, leather, spice, tobacco, black plum, and oak. There is real concentration here, and I love when Sangiovese is dense in structure and not flimsy, as it definitely is with some of the producers in this region. 91 points
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