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.
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
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.
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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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