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2012 Rignana Chianti Classico Riserva

2012 Rignana Chianti Classico Riserva Tuscany, Italy | Direct Import Exclusive


 
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90 Points & 'Outstanding' - Wine Spectator - Wine Enthusiast - Italian Editor

Blend: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Franc

A fantastic find Direct Import that got 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast. “Aromas of dark-skinned berry, rose and wild herb lead the nose. The round, juicy palate doles out ripe black cherry, fleshy raspberry, white pepper and clove while polished tannins provide a smooth, velvety framework. Enjoy through 2019,” says the WE.

By law, Chianti Riserva must be aged a minimum of two years in wood. This one rested for 24 months in large “Barrique di rovere.” Chianti Classico Riserva must contain a large proportion of Sangiovese (75% to 100%). Rignana’s version is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Franc—a somewhat unusual cépage. Cab Franc is rarely used in Chianti, but our Tasting Team deeply appreciated its unmistakably minty presence in this supple, forward red. An outpouring of berry/cherry fruit, peppercorn and black licorice frame the palate of this still youthful Chianti Riserva. Drink this down over the next couple years with pork chops or anything at all in your house red sauce.


Four reasons we love it:

  • From the very successful 2012 harvest, which got 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast, and these remarks from the Spectator: “Quality appears to be very good to outstanding in Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Montepulciano.”
  • Produced exclusively from only Rignana-grown grapes from vineyards in Panzano in Chianti, a picturesque wine town halfway between Sienna and Florence.
  • Owner-Winemaker Cosimo Gericke uses sustainable methods in the vineyard and cellar, and as of the 2013 vintage all of Rignana’s wines are 100% organic.
  • The Chianti Classico DOCG is a specialized terroir noted for its alberese- and galestro-rich soils. The ground here is distinctly stonier than in the rest of the larger Chianti zone, which results in more concentrated wines with increased grip, tannin and depth.

Aromas of dark-skinned berry, rose and wild herb lead the nose. The round, juicy palate doles out ripe black cherry, fleshy raspberry, white pepper and clove while polished tannins provide a smooth, velvety framework. Enjoy through 2019

Chianti is based on historical winemaking in Tuscany. The blend’s primary constituent is the dark-skinned Sangiovese, grown extensively in Tuscany and in a handful of places in the New World. What distinguishes Chianti from other wines is the addition of one or more of the Italian varieties: Canaiolo, Colorino, Ciliegioli, and Mammolo. Local wine laws in Chianti stipulate that at least 70% of each bottle must be comprised of Sangiovese, while in the more prestigious Chianti Classico DOCG, it must constitute 80%. Here, Canaiolo is used to soften the blend, while Sangiovese provides the bulk of the structure and fruit profile.

Rignana wines are produced using the vineyards’ grapes exclusively: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Respect for the traditions of Chianti is the winemaker’s main goal, and his love of the land has prompted him to move his vineyards into organic farming, a transition that will finalize in 2013.

A superb pairing for Chianti Classico Riserva is a succulent roast, such as a juicy rack of lamb. Don’t be scared…Google a recipe and put that oven of yours to use. The integrated tannins of the wine will cut through the juicy bites of lamb…and the gamey notes of the wine will match up beautifully with the meat.

And we know it’s cliché, but another perfetto pairing for Chianti Classico Riserva is a classical Italian meal. Start with homemade fettuccini pasta with a fresh tomato sauce. The acidity of the wine alongside the texture of the pasta and brightness of the sauce will rock your world. Finish up with a Bistecca Fiorentina, the juicy, charcoal-grilled t-bone steak that’s ideal for sharing.
Other pairing recs: Lasagna; herb-crusted, roasted meats; wild boar; rich mushroom ravioli.

Wine Ratings

92 Insider Points

90 Points - Wine Spectator

90 Points & "Outstanding" - Wine Enthusiast

Extremely High Standard - Gilbert and Gaillard

Wine Reviews

The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva from Rignana is made from 100% organic grapes and spends 30 months in barrel to create a cofesive and complex wine.  Dark berries waft from the glass, leading to a palate of crushed red cherries, black plum and a dusty mix of baking spices.  One of our favorite selections from Italy, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of foods, now through 2022. - DZ Jul 2017

"A mix of leather, spicy cherry, woodsy and tea flavors are the hallmarks of this intense, beefy red. Leans toward the tannic side, finishing long and spicy. Best from 2018 through 2025. 12,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator

"Aromas of dark-skinned berry, rose and wild herb lead the nose. The round, juicy palate doles out ripe black cherry, fleshy raspberry, white pepper and clove while polished tannins provide a smooth, velvety framework. Enjoy through 2019." - Wine Enthusiast

"Deep garnet, ruby tints. Inviting nose intermixing cherry, coffee and dried herbs. Soft attack leading into a full, fleshy and nervy palate that is very likeable and reveals beautiful underlying structure. Good use of oak, great framework. A convincing Riserva." - Gilbert and Gaillard

"Healthy mid ruby with orange tinges. A nose redolent of red fruit, with a hint of rhubarb. Soft, attractive full fruit palate that could do with a little more acidity to give it real tension." - Jancis Robinson

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