Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci
Vergine delle Rocce Chianti Riserva 2016 DOCG
This nectar is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% other red grapes. Ripe grapes are left on the skins for about 10-12 days. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures of 27-28°C. Pumping-over is performed frequently for a short while, and the saignée or "bleeding off" technique is used to increase the richness of noble polyphenols. Once removed from the skins, wine is kept in steel containers to complete malolactic fermentation. Then wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 10 months. Salute!
The wine has an purple color. The intensity is deep.
The aroma intensity is pronounced. The aromatic palette starts with a scent of violet followed by hints of ripe black cherry, black plum and a mild note of pepper and licorice. The secondary aromas remember spices like vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, but also notes of charred wood and toast. The tertiaries include leather, game, and wet leaves.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with high level of acidity. The tannins are medium. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5 %), and it gives a pleasant heatwave. On the palate, the black fruit is quite ripe, but well balanced by balsamic notes of eucalyptus and bramble. Still a lot of spices and charred wood. Both flavor intensity and lasting are pronounced.
It is a really nice and easy to drink Chianti Riserva. The aromatic bouquet is a cornucopia of ripe black fruits and spices like the vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves. Such opulence is combined with balsamic hints of eucalyptus and bramble, and a sharp note of charred wood. The tannins are there, but so incredibly smooth and velvety, that the wine is so enjoyable also by its own. On the downside, I would have expected more complexity and more developed tertiary aromas.