Wine Reviews

Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva 2017 – Ricasoli 1141

Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva 2017 - Ricasoli 1141 - © Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post
Written by Piero Pardini

Credits: Piero Pardini – The Wolf Post

Ricasoli is the most representative winery of the Chianti Classico area. Among soft hills, velvety valleys and dense forests of oaks and chestnuts, the 1200 hectares of property include about 240 vineyards and 26 cultivated with olive trees, in a continuous succession of colors and shades around the Castle of Brolio, in the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti.
In this most central part of Tuscany, since 1993 Baron Francesco Ricasoli has been leading the company towards new challenges, with the deepest respect for his illustrious ancestors who have made that same territory great, first of all Bettino Ricasoli.
By the will of Francesco Ricasoli, current owner and President, new ideas and new concepts are born to live the vineyards in a sustainable way: the continuous study of the soils and the clonal selection of Sangiovese di Brolio are among his greatest passions, so much so that he wanted to totally renew the vineyards and define the complete mapping of the same.
The new labels are, therefore, the expression of the many research conducted with the same scientific rigor of the great ancestor but with the contemporary spirit of those who take the baton and carry it forward with new energy.

Owner: Ricasoli
Oenological management: Carlo Ferrini, Massimiliano Biagi
Agronomic management: Massimiliano Biagi
Viticulture: conventional and eco-sustainable
Vineyard hectares: 240
Bottles produced: 2,000,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Oil production: yes
Foundation year: 1141

Wine: Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva
Variety composition: 89% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcoholic strength: 14% vol.
Vintage: 2017.
Classification: D.O.C.G ..
Vinification: fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 24°- 27° C, with maceration on the skins for 14-16 days.
Aging: 18 months of aging in tonneau, first and second passage.
Seasonal trend: a very anomalous vintage, perhaps never recorded in the past. The winter was fairly mild and not very cold, except for the month of February, where the lows were in line with the seasonal averages. The budding of the vines began at the end of March, about 10 days earlier than the average recorded over the years. The frost of April 18-20, the drought, the scorching heat for over two months set the land and vines on fire. Between the end of August and the first ten days of September, two important rain events revitalized the plants and allowed a good technological and phenolic maturation.

Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva 2017 - Ricasoli 1141

© Ricasoli 1141

Visual exam
Clarity: limpid
Color: ruby red
Consistency: consistent
Observations: with garnet reflections.

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: moderately complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity and spicy
Remarks: the sample opens with floral hints reminiscent of a leek pot of red flowers, followed by notes of dark berry fruits such as blackberries and ripe raspberries, sweet spice of cinnamon and vanilla. Nuance of nutmeg.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugar: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: moderately smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: tannic
Minerality: moderately salty
Structure: full-bodied
Balance: moderately balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: long
Quality: good
Remarks:

Final remarks
State of Evolution: ready
Harmony: moderately harmonious

Pairings: fillet of beef with porcini mushrooms.

Barone Ricasoli Spa Società Agricola
Località Madonna a Brolio
53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI)
Phone +39 0577 7301
E-mail: barone@ricasoli.it
Website: www.ricasoli.it

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About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".