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  • Casa Emma Chianti Classico

Casa Emma Chianti Classico

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This Chianti Classico is a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera grapes from vineyards situated just south of the village of San Donato in the heart of the Chianti Classico district, Tuscany. Aged for 12 months in small French oak barriques, it is an elegant complement for all Italian dishes.

  • Brand: Casa Emma
  • Description: Dry Red
  • Vintages Available: 2013
  • Country, Region: Italy, Tuscany
  • Appellation: DOCG
  • Ratings: Wine Enthusiast: 86/100, Wine Spectator: 92/100 (2010 Vintage)



About the Producer

Towards the western edge of the Chianti Classico region, just south of the village of San Donato, halfway between Poggibonsi and Greve in Chianti, lies the Casa Emma estate. Casa Emma was bought by the Bucalossi family back in 1970 from the Fiorentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri (hence the name) and sits amidst 34 hectares of land of which 21 hectares are vineyard. They grow mainly Sangiovese but also have about 3 hectares of Merlot and smaller plantings of Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo. There are olive groves and also 5 hectares of botanical park where a Quercus Pubescens wood is interspersed with plantings of cistus, broom, honeysuckle, privet, juniper shrubs and several species of wild rose and other herbaceous plantings. Rose syrup, rose dressing and rose jam are produced here too.

Their wines, exported worldwide, are enriched by the advice and mastery of the oenologist Carlo Ferrini, of the top Sangiovese specialists in Italy.


Grapes

90% Sangiovese
5% Canaiolo Black
5% Malvasia


Vineyard

Trained by the Guyot-spurred cordon system. The density varies between 3,800-5,000 vines per hectare. The elevation is 420m a.s.l.

The 2009 grape harvest was really good in the Chianti Classico region, conducted under optimal conditions and with ideal weather conditions. The result is a wonderful vintage, with wines that in some cases reach excellent quality levels.


Vinification

The wine is fermented at a maximum temperature of 30ºC with frequent pump-overs.


Ageing

12 months in 225 litres French oak barrels. 3 months in bottle.


Tasting Notes

Ruby red colour; pretty fruity and flowery on the nose with memories of strawberry, cherry and violet. Medium-bodied on the palate with very good acidity. Forceful, vibrant flavours: cherries, leather and stony minerals predominate. Youthful but ripe tannins lend an attractive and solid texture.


Analysis

13.5% alcohol volume; 29.60g/l dry extract; 5.7g/l total acidity.


Food Suggestions

Its soft, ripe tannins and rounded texture make it a perfect match for light meat dishes. Excellent if matched with salami, prosciutto, pasta in general, young and medium aged cheeses. Ideal with dishes of the Tuscan cuisine and "ribollita" soup (Tuscan minestrone) in particular.

Serving temperature: 18-20°C.


Cellar

Chianti Classico is best kept in cool, dark conditions for 4-5 years.


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