Saturday Tasting: November 7th

The Chianti DOCG is Tuscany’s most famous wine growing region, and one of Europe’s first delimited zones.  It however didn’t get elevated to DOCG status until 1984, the zone was however established in 1932. There has since been eight sub-zones created for the region: Classico, Rùfina, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, Colli Aretini, Montalbano, and Montespertoli which was added in 1997.

Colli Sensi must contain a minimum of 75% of Sangiovese instead of 70% like the other sup-zones.  The other grapes allowed in the Chianti DOCG are Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, which this practice dates back to 1870.  Cabernet Sauvignon may also be allowed but it may not exceed a maximum of 15%.

The Chianti Classico zone was upgraded to DOCG alongside Chianti in 1984, this is the heartland of the Chianti zone.  The Classico area which is the original Chianti zone was delimited by Grand Duke Cosimo in 1716.  Like Chianti, the wines may be 100% Sangiovese, or they may be blended with other red grapes, however as of 2006, white grapes are no longer permitted in the wine.  Minimum alcohol level for Classico is 12% compared to 11.5% for Chianti DOCG.

Chianti Colli Sensi Vitanza (Tuscany) 2013

In 1994 Rosalba and Guido Vitanza both had very successful careers in Rome, when they visited Montalcino. Here they fell in love with the region, and decided to buy an old estate.  They came out of the gate strong as their first vintage was in 1995 and it received 93 points from Wine Spectator.  Today they own 66 acres of vines.  Bright, tart cherry, with lots of dried secondary aromas.

Chianti Classico Ama (Tuscany) 2013

Ama takes its name from a small borgo, or agricultural hamlet, nestled in the hills at an altitude of almost 500 meters in the Classico region.  The winery was founded in the 1960’s by a group of families who had fallen under the spell of this magical place. The winemaker was named winemaker of the year in 2003, by the Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most authoritative wine guide.  Ripe red berries with subtle spice, silky tannins, and bold finish.