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2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva


I recently attended an amazing wine tasting with 50 of the top Italian wine producers present. Amongst all the big name stuff such as Sassicaia, Bertani, Caparzo, Chiarlo, Renato Ratti, ect… was this little gem. I have tasted the wines of Rocca delle Macie in the past and have always enjoyed them, however this Chianti Reserva stood out to me as one of the best wines in the line up. What's even more incredible is that it was one of the least expensive red wines at the show.

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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