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Chianti, 2016. Ferrante

Chianti, 2016. Ferrante

Item #: V0520R2II
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chianti
Vineyard/Appellation: Chianti, Italy
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Violets, Rose Petals
Palate: Soft, Integrated Plum
Finish: Spicy, Medium Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat, Game/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The Ferranti story begins over 100 years ago when Chianti winegrower, Alfredo Castellani, decided that his grapes were so good that he should bottle them himself. He instilled that pride in his sons, Dullio and Mario, and together built an incredible wine operation founded on incredible quality. That legacy is carried on today by the fourth generation in Piergiorgio Castellani.

Like Bordeaux is to France, Chianti has always been Italy's most revered wine area. As a matter of fact, for close to a century, Bordeaux and Chianti were the two most recognized wines in the world. The problem was that they were not all of the same quality, so the good producers suffered the vagrancies of the bad ones that didn't help either gain recognition.

Bordeaux took up the mantle first and created the classification of 1855, which gave a pecking order to the best wines of Bordeaux. Not to be outdone, the Chianti producers came up with their own and went a step further. They delineated what could be called Chianti and what couldn't, which was called the DOC. They even established yields that had to be followed or the wine couldn't even be called Chianti.

Since then, they have defined the laws. With even more restrictions and added the 'G" to the DOC, which stands for a guarantee of quality. But, it's not the laws that make producers like Castellani great; it's the pride. And that shows up with this superb rendition offering all the flavor and posture to handle a Tuscan lamb stew with cannellini beans and rapini.