Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
No Chianti Classico profile is complete without mention of the famous Barone Ricasoli, inventor of modern Chianti. I won’t go into the story, as it has been told many times elsewhere, needless to say that the Ricasoli family is now one of the largest producers in Tuscany, with a range of wines that proceeds from the low-level innocuous to the top quality Castello di Brolio.
This wine lies somewhere in the middle. The estate was once one of the most renowned estates of Ricasoli, whose holdings are in Gaiole. Today its stature has diminished, but the wine is one of the better wines from large producers and drinks quite well.
It is useful to include wines from such large estates in any spotlight for comparison purposes. As noted in the last article, the owners of Barone Ricasoli and Rocca di Montegrossi are cousins, a nice comparison between large and medium size estates.
This wine is pretty classically Sangiovese surprisingly and not necessarily what I would expect from Ricasoli. It is juicy, supple and dry. Very nicely made. Quite drinkable and elegant more than most. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
~$45 at Kits Wine