Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG

Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color. The nose is all hints of small red fruits, irises and violets. In the mouth, elegant, with velvety tannins well integrated with acidity. Persistent finish, expression of the territory of Brolio.

Autumn was very rainy and quite cold. Winter was mild and not particularly rainy. Spring therefore continued with average temperatures and scarce rainfall. What characterized the summer of 2020 was the almost total absence of precipitation, with a total of about 1.2 in. No particular vegetative difficulties of the plants were observed in this period, thanks to a careful management of the vineyards and soils. Finally, the month of October displayed all its typical characteristics: lower temperatures during the night, an alternation of rainy and sunny days, which however have allowed an end of the harvest with excellent grape quality.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact. Aged 9 months in tonneaux of second and third passage.

GRAPE VARIETIES: Sangiovese 95% , Colorino 5%
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
pH: 3.37
Total acidity: 5.42 g/L

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color. The nose is all hints of small red fruits, irises and violets. In the mouth, elegant, with velvety tannins well integrated with acidity. Persistent finish, expression of the territory of Brolio.

The 2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild as well, then in January came on the scene in its traditional guise, with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 44-46°F accompanied by daily rains. This combination of factors had a major impact on the flowering of the plants, favoring the formation of more open bunches, especially in the Sangiovese grapes. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often above 95°C, but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact.

80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color. The nose is all hints of small red fruits, irises and violets. On the palate, elegant, with velvety tannins well integrated with acidity. Persistent finish, expression of the the territory of Brolio.

Overall, 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October. Thanks to good underground water supplies, the plants never suffered water stress and ripened regularly. The quality of the grapes was of a very high standard, which leads us to hope for a high-quality wine.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact.

80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color.  Complex aromas of iris and violets, red fruit and balsamic scents.  Soft, elegant and well-smoothed tannins in the mouth.  A true expression of the territory with well-balanced acidity and mineral tannins, before finishing long.

The autumn and winter were very mild this year, with below-freezing temperatures only in part of January. It was rainy, about 440 mm. In the spring, temperatures were average, with the end of May and early June hot but humid. This diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters that was good for the Sangiovese. Two hailstorms at the end of May also led to loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry. End-July and Mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants, helping them during the period of veraison.  Harvest began in early September, with temperatures mid-to-high for that period of the year during the day and a drop of as much as 10-15°Cat nights, favoring the accumulation of phenolic compounds.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with 14-16 days of skin contact.

80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

The vineyards which produce the grapes for the Brolio label are planted in five geological areas at an elevation between 853 feet and 1,640 feet and with different exposures. Vineyard soils vary greatly but all are strewn with stony fragments adding mineral richness. This is characteristic of the structure of the Chianti Classico vintage.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color with complex aromas of iris and violets, red fruit, and balsamic scents. Soft, elegant and well-smoothed tannins – a true expression of the territory with well-balanced acidity and minerals and a long finish.

The Autumn and Winter were very mild this year, with below-freezing temperatures only in part of January. Spring, temperatures were average, with the end of May and early June hot but humid. This diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters that was good for the Sangiovese. Two hailstorms at the end of May also led to the loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry and late-July and mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants, helping them during the period of veraison. Harvest began in early September, with temperatures mid-to-high for that period of the year during the day and dropping to mid-50s at night helping with the accumulation of phenolic compounds.

Fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F followed by 9 months in tonneaux.

80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 92

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    James Suckling, June 2022

    "Aromas of dark cherries, mocha, leather and tea leaves. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins. Lively and fresh, with lots of red cherries and berries on the center-palate and a flavorful finish. Typical for an outstanding Chianti Classico. Drink now."

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    Vinous, September 2021

    "The 2019 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, understated wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry, mint and cedar lend lovely aromatic presence to this fruity, inviting Chianti Classico from Brolio."

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    Wine Enthusiast, April 2022

    "This opens with delicate aromas of mocha, tobacco and baking spice. The tense palate offers blackberry jam, espresso and star anise alongside tightly wound tannins. Drink 2023–2027."

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    Wine Spectator, October 2021

    "The core of cherry and raspberry flavors is wrapped in fine-grained tannins. Earth, rosemary and iron notes chime in on the moderately long finish. Drink now. 48,300 cases made, 2,000 cases imported."

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    James Suckling, May 2021

    "A succulent, fruity red with dried-cherry and orange-peel aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine yet round tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Drink now."

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    Wine Advocate, April 2021

    "This is one of the most celebrated classics to emerge from the entire appellation. The Barone Ricasoli 2018 Chianti Classico Brolio reveals balanced tones of red fruit, cassis, crushed stone, grilled herb and blue flowers. These aromas find balance and harmony with plenty of primary fruit and a good amount of snappy acidity. I could see a pairing with a platter of pecorino cheese wedges."

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, July 2020

    "Lovely, pure fruit to this with light, polished tannins, medium body and a pretty, cherry and strawberry aftertaste. Drink now."

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    Vinous, August 2020

    "The 2018 Chianti Classico shows just how appealing the vintage is even among entry-level wines. Freshly cut flowers and bright red fruit run through this super-attractive mid-weight Chianti Classico. The 2018 is floral, lifted and very easy to like. Cedar, tobacco and spice accents linger on the close."

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    Wine Advocate, September 2019

    "This is a fun and easy-drinking wine for informal occasions with your favorite Italian dishes. The 2017 Chianti Classico Brolio is a mid-weight red that opens to a rich ruby color and bright garnet highlights. The bouquet is perfectly clean and pristine, something that can't always be said of entry-level Sangiovese. This wine has crossed all its T's and dotted all the I's. The bouquet is rich and forthcoming with wild berry, blackberry and plum. Fresh acidity pops in on the finish. The blend used here is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A very generous 460,000 bottles were made, and this price point hits that value wine sweet spot."

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2021

    "Blue flower, forest berry, new leather and underbrush aromas form the alluring nose. Smooth and juicy, the savory palate doles out ripe black cherry, plum, licorice and a hint of espresso alongside supple tannins. Drink through 2024."

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "A very fruity and fresh Chianti Classico that shows lemon and orange rind, in addition to strawberries and spices. Refined and minerally on the palate with a bright sheen of acidity and a taut finish. Drink now."

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    James Suckling, September 2018

    "Rich aromas of black cherries, raspberries and hazelnuts. Hints of caramel, too. Full body, velvety and polished tannins and a bright, glorious finish. Drink or hold."

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