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Chianti Riserva, 2016. Pierazzuoli

Chianti Riserva, 2016. Pierazzuoli

Item #: L0820R2II
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chianti
Vineyard/Appellation: Montalbano Riserva DOCG, Tuscany, Italy
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Lovely Berry
Palate: Earthy Spice
Finish: Fills the Palate
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2023/Red Meat, Cheeses/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The Pierazzuoli Family have farmed their vineyards in Tuscany since 1970. The winery continues to be a "family business" with brothers, Enrico and Dario, and sisters, Serena and Enrica. Enrico Pierazzuoli saw the potential of the property in the Montalbano region of Chianti and made drastic changes to assure the quality of the wine.

One of those changes was to restrict the yield of each vine so that the clusters that were left produced enhanced flavor and character. That restriction meant each plant was responsible for one kilogram of grapes, which translates to about five glasses of wine.

That is fairly extreme, but Enrico knew it was necessary to make the quality of wine he envisioned-and it is certainly evident here. Up until 25 years ago, the laws of Chianti demanded that a certain amount of white grapes be in the mix. This law was written over 150 years ago when white wines added the acidity for the wine to have balance. Over the years, adding the white grapes became unnecessary as growers learned how to deal with the red grapes to attain the necessary acidity in the wine. This wine is 100% Sangiovese, produced from the first vineyard Enrico planted.

Our selection is a Riserva. Unlike California, the term has a legal definition here. It must be aged an extra year in both barrel and bottle and must go through a tasting panel to determine if it should be classified as such. One sip of this lovely and endowed wine is all it took. Wild berries, fresh earth, spice and vanilla are all in the mix and waiting for a rotisserie pork loin seasoned with rosemary, garlic and thyme.

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