Chianti Revisited – 2010 Ricasoli – Brolio – Chianti Classico

Frequent readers might remember that last November  I wrote a post about one of Tuscany’s most famous wine: Chianti Classico.  The wine reviewed was the 2010 Monteraponi – Chianti Classico DOCG. Today I will take you back to the heart of Tuscany where we’ll take a closer look at another Chianti Classico from one of the oldest wineries in the world. 

Castello di Brolio

Castello di Brolio lies on one of the scenic hills in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. In the 1860s Baron Ricasoli met with fellow local wine producers at Castello di Brolio to develop the formula for Chianti blends. These regulations have only been changed a few. The winery is considered one of the oldest wineries in the world and still owned by the Ricasoli family that received ownership of the castle in 1141.  The castle was the sight of numerous battles between the rivaling Republic of Florence and Republic of Siena because it is located exactly on the historic border between the two republics. During World War II Castello di Brolio was bombarded, partly destroyed and repaired after the war. It is surrounded by 230 hectares of vineyards and some olive and lemon trees.

It is possible to visit Castello di Brolio and the winery by taking one of four guided tours. Inside the castle walls is also a traditional Tuscan Osteria where visitors can taste a variety of local dishes and wines. Enoteca della Barone Ricasoli gives visitors the opportunity to try all the different wines in a beautifully remodeled tasting room.

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In present day, Ricasoli produces next to wine also grappa and olive oil. Castello Brolio is the name of the wineries flagship wine and Brolio is its little brother. Both wines are classified as Chianti Classico DOCG. Ricasoli makes a total of twelve different wines.

Tasting Notes 2010 Ricasoli – Brolio – Chianti Classico DOCG

2010 Ricasoli - Brolio Chianti Classico DOCGBrolio is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine aged for around 9 months in barriques and tonneaux.

Prior to drinking the wine was decanted for roughly one hour.

In the glass, deep ruby red color. The label listed ABV was 14%.

The nose was intense with aromas of ripe cherries and roasted coffee and cocoa. The bouquet evolved with some additional time and forest berries joined the other aromas.

On the palate, very dry, tannic and full-bodied. Well-balanced acidity. Quite harmonic, powerful and elegant. There were notes of licorice and berries. Medium-long finish.

3.5 / 5 stars      

Find the 2010 Ricasoli Brolio on Wine Searcher.

Parting Words

Brolio is a solid Chianti Classico that comes with a great history. A bottle of 2010 Ricasoli Brolio retails in Munich for around 18€.  The wine is definitely recommended but I feel like it have a slightly better price. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to my next bottle of Brolio.

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15 comments on “Chianti Revisited – 2010 Ricasoli – Brolio – Chianti Classico”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I love Tuscany! It’s one of my favorite wine regions. Everything from Chianti to Brunello. I visited castel brolio in the early 2000s and ever since I fell in love with the wines from Ricasoli. “Brolio” is a good Chianti but I prefer the “Castello Brolio” over the “Brolio”.

    Very nice post that brought back lots of good memories!

  2. foodwine88 Reply

    The castle looks awesome. Would love to visit it and to see it from the inside. These old buildings always impress me.
    Can’t say much about the wine because I don’t drink Chianti often so I leave that to more knowledgeable people.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      You really should consider trying more Chianti – some are of exceptional quality but of course Chianti managed to ruin its reputation over the last two decades.

  3. Sean P. Reply

    That’s what I call an informative post, Julian!
    I can almost taste the wine just by reading your review.

  4. Suzanne Reply

    That castle is fantastic and what I would give to attend a wine tasting there. Chianti Classico, I grew up thinking that this was the only wine to pair with Italian food. It was a staple at dinner time and I watched my father pour a glass from an oddly shaped bottle with some sort of straw or a pale colored weaving around the bottom of the bottle. I have not had Chianti for a very long time and you have peaked my interest in giving it a try very soon. Great post Julian and I never saw the guest post on Madeira, going to check it out now,

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      I know right? It must be an amazing experience to have a wine tasting in Castello di Brolio. I plan to visit them the next time I’m in the Chianti area.
      I think the bottle you are talking about is the fiasco. For many centuries, Chianti Classico was served in traditional round bottles that were covered in a straw baskets known as fiasco but because of Chianti’s low reputation is often associated with the fiasco bottle many wineries stopped using them.

  5. talkavino Reply

    The property looks wonderful. I hope to make it one day to Tuscany, so this definitely will be a place to visit!
    I’m attending a Chianti tasting in New York in a week, I will make sure to look for this wine.
    Julian, any other Chianti recommendations?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Anatoli,
      Let me know if you need any recommendations if you plan to visit Tuscany 🙂 It’s definitely worth a trip – there is so much to discover.

      If the Chianti tasting is organized by a big importer then I’d assume that they will have Ricasoli in stock because it’s one of the most famous Chianti Classico wineries. Other good Chianti producers are in my opinion Selvapiana (Ruffina), Fattoria Ispoli (Classico) and Isole e Olena (Classico). Felsina (Classico) and La Lastra (Colli Senesi) aren’t bad either but I prefer the other wineries.

      Enjoy the tasting 🙂

  6. Emma Barrett Reply

    Tuscany is so beautiful. I would love to visit this castle and drink some Chianti. Thank you for sharing such an informative post. If you are interested in English wine I would recommend Denbies Vineyard in Surrey and Sharphams vineyard in Devon. Check out surreyKitchen.com when you get a chance. Emma xx

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Hi Emma,
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Castello Brolio is so magnificent.
      I’ve only had a few wines from England before. They are not so easy to find in Germany but I’m always interested in trying out new wines so thank you for the recommendation. I’ll see if I can find wines from Denbies here in Munich.

      I’ll head over to your blog now 🙂

      Happy Easter!

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