2008 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Another incredible offering from Contemassi, today’s 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG is the winery’s tippy-top wine. We are crazy about it, and we offer it to you, our Italophiles, with our boldest recommendation.
Cask-aged for 24 months and bottle-aged for another year, this wine was held back by the winery until it was perfectly ready. And, boy, is it ready! This is a classic and elegant Chianti that possesses supreme balance, wonderful flavors and heady, old world aromatics.
If you are a fan of Chianti, in this price range it doesn’t get much better than today’s delightful wine from Contemassi.
Translucent ruby at the core. At the edge, a Chianti-characteristic brickish hue encircles the wine.
Braised cherry, toasty sweet spice, blackberry, dusty bramble, candied hazlenut and toasted oak all meld together in wonderful harmony.
Bright and superbly balanced with young cherry, young blackberry and dark chocolate-covered cherry. As the wine opens, it reveals fig, dusty earth, subtle neutral oak and a very subtle and lovely hint of vineyard dust.
Mouthwatering and bright, with a very gradually spreading dryness. Hints of pomegranate and subtle balsamic punctuate the finish.
This classic Chianti begs to be enjoyed with nearly any Italian meal. A chicken Parmesan or a hearty pasta dish would be perfect.
What the Winery Says
This Chianti Classico is produced from specially selected Sangiovese grapes grown in the vineyards of Chianti Classico appellation, the most ancient Chianti area. Fully mature grapes are crushed immediately after harvest. When the primary fermentation is complete, the wine is racked in Slovenian oak casks, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and ages for a minimum period of 24 months. The refinement is completed in dark bottles.
- Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
- 100% Sangiovese
- Keep ruby red
- Intense and characteristic; earthy, with notes of wild berries and underwood
- Harmonious, dry. Savory, rich; hints of ripe blackberry
- Food Pairings
- Ideal with roasts, game, and duck.
About the Winery
The origin of the name Chianti is not certain. It may have originated from the Latin word clangor (noise), reminiscent of the sounds of hunting in the forests of the area, or from the Etruscan word clante (water), indicating the area had resources that favored the growth of the grapes.
Contemassi is a premium winery in the Tuscany wine growing region that specializes in producing a range of flavorful yet smooth Chiantis.