Thursday, May 5, 2011
Fattorie Gianozzi Villa Marcialla Chianti Colli Fiorentini Riserva 2007 DOCG
At the Fattorie Gianozzi just south of Florence in the district of Barberino Val d'Elsa, this Chianti is made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. After fermentation, macerated in stainless steel barrels for 3-8 days, then aged in big oak barrels, which mutes the wood effects, for 26 months and another six months in bottle.
Starting with a visual palette of ruby colors, the Sangiovese's acidity is aided by the softness of a small amount of Merlot with red fruits and raspberry, the tannins bringing a structure as a leathery astringency. I found a bouquet of bright cherries and oak, with hints of cloves and other baking spices, while the palate swam with cherry and pomegranate, even a bit of soy showing itself. Good soft finish.
The Chianti Wine Consortium hosted a tasting on April 28 of some of it’s members’ wonderful Chianti wines, this was one of them.