2007 Ricasoli Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva

The Ricasoli winery is widely thought to be the world's oldest winery still in existence. It has been producing wines sine 1141 and had a huge role in the establishment of the region of Chianti. Baron Bettino Ricasoli also developed the Sangiovese-based formula that came to be known as the official blend for Chianti.

I have always really enjoy the wines from this producer and especially their higher tier wines like the Castello di Brolio Chianti, which is some of the very best Chianti in the whole region. This wine has a very deep purple color and shows it youthful vibrancy in the glass. On the nose I get exciting aromas of dark fruits such as black cherry and blackberry. There are some very nice secondary notes as well like tobacco, licorice, spice, forest floor, and leather. It's a very complex and unique bouquet that expresses it's sense of place very convincingly.

On the palate the wine is concentrated and displays flavors of dark cherry, red currant, earth, spice/oak, and some leathery tones. It's a dry wine and is definitely made in the "old world" style, which is very much my style of wine. I can see this wine pair wonderfully with many Italian dishes, but also with a number of other meat or game based entrees. It's a wine with focused acidity and plenty of Tuscan terroir. 90 points 

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