2017 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico-Cuvee-Wine-Society

2017 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

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“Despite being located in one of the very best areas in Chianti Classico & boasting a superb track record, Rocca di Montegrossi remains one of the most under-the-radar estates in Chianti Classico, and Italy, for that matter. Proprietor Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi crafts deep, powerful wines that capture the essence of Monti, a sub-zone of Gaiole that has long been prized for the personality & pedigree of its reds. The estate’s Chianti Classico is often one of the best wines in its class, while the flagship San Marcellino & Geremia are reliably outstanding.” -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The Ricasoli name is inextricably linked not only to the history of Chianti, but also to the history of Tuscany. Geremia, the founder of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family, established a castle (Rocca) at Montegrossi in the 7th century AD. In 1141, Castello di Brolio passed into the family holdings and the Ricasolis entered into the wine business. It was here that the so-called 'Iron Baron' Bettino Ricasoli created the 'recipe' for Chianti in 1872. Flash forward to today, and his relative, Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, is once again making history in the family’s ancestral lands.

Marco’s father planted the San Marcellino vineyard at Rocca di Montegrossi in 1966, coincidentally the year of Marco’s birth. With the tragic passing of his father in 1972, Marco’s mother took over production of the wines, elevating them to international fame in the 1970s and 1980s. Marco joined the estate in 1994, and dedicated himself to crafting great wine. To that end, he built a new cellar for Montegrossi in 1999 (including a space to age his beloved vin santo), and at the same time cultivated his philosophy of wine production. Quality was always paramount, but respect of the environment and the conservation of natural resources was also of crucial importance. In 2006, he started the laborious process of converting to organic viticulture, which was officially completed in 2010. Marco uses solar panels to source some of the energy necessary for his cantina, while the remainder is taken exclusively from certified renewable sources. Large cisterns are also used to gather rainwater for farm work in order to save precious drinking water.

Rocca di Montegrossi is located in Monti in Chianti close to the Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Long regarded as one of the finest sections of Chianti Classico, Montegrossi boasts such neighbors as Montevertine, Badia a Coltibuono, & Riecine." -- Skurnik Wines, Importer

The estate’s flagship wine: a blend of about 90% Sangiovese, with 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. The wine ages mainly in large cask and barrels made with Allier oak for 12-24 months. After being bottled unfiltered, it ages another 6 months at the estate prior to release.