Sunday, January 20, 2008
Vigneti La Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 DOCG tasting notes
©2008 by dave trieger
• This 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG is produced by Fattorie Melini and made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, grown in "La Selvanella" vineyards in the heart of Chianti. After a long maceration period, the wine is kept in Oak casks for 30 months. It's big and fruity with a medium to heavy weight and coloring of deep cranberry red. It has bing cherry, leathery vanilla, and raspberry on the nose. Palate is complex with a jammy grenadine, toasted almonds and a hint of cinnamon. The back of the bottle says this wine can be laid down for more that 15 years, although to me it's ready now. But if there's a chance it could improve with age, this one's a winner, and it's in the $20-25 range retail or on line. Pairs well with red meats or game. Loved it! First tried this wine at Alberto's restaurant in Forest Hills.