Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Rocca Delle Macie 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Wine review by (PB)

This Tuscan is a medium garnet on the pour with wild cherry accents over a rich berry bouquet.

It has some herbal notes and a little earth.

In the mouth it is lush and full–wow! There are some baked bread flavors near the rear palate and a subtle hint of licorice.

This wine is 90 Sangiovese–the classic Tuscan grape blended with 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It finishes well with rich tannins and fruit.

With a little time to open up, this nice wine just grows even nicer. Black pepper looms with a steely Sangiovese nose. Another layer of dried raspberries emerge with more bread and lip smacking tannins with a touch of cocoa–really NICE!

With a little more breathing, there is another layer of candy and in the mouth this wine jjust bursts with rich flavors; very nice and full of berries. It just keeps opening but now it’s gone!

I bought this wine on sale for $13 down from $16! It was the last bottle in the store and I bought it because 2001 was a great year for Tuscany and a Chianti Classico which is aged for two years in oak, is a bargain at this price. I took a chance and it paid off HUGE! This is an amazing wine and if I were rating this on a 100 point scale it would easily make a 93, maybe even higher!

If we were allowed to buy wine on line in this state, I assure you I would be buying it now at considerably higher prices. This is a remarkable wine. If you can find it, BUY it! It has been a long time since I put a wine on our recommended list; this will certainly be there! Raise a bottle!

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