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

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.

The gravelly vineyards, which sit at an approximate elevation of 1,300 feet above sea level, produce the grapes for the Brolio harvest.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby color with notes of red fruit, vanilla, and liquorice complement a complex mouthfeel with a long, mineral finish.

The growing season of 2014/2015 was quite regular without extreme events. Winter was mild with temperatures falling to freezing only at the end of December and for parts January and February. Although a little cold at the beginning, Spring also showed average temperatures followed by a warm May and June which favored a perfect flowering and veraison. Rainfall was not excessive at only about 6 inches. Summer began earlier, with high temperatures by the end of June recorded at peaks between 93°F and 95°F. July was also particularly warm with peaks at around 104°F. Rainfall was scarce at approximately 4 inches, but ample water supplies during the Winter and Spring months prevented drought stress. September and October showed perfect weather conditions with significant day-to-night temperature ranges favoring the accumulation of color and polyphenols in the grapes.

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 75.2°F and 80.6°F with approximately 2 weeks of contact with the skins. The blend is aged for 9 months in barriques and tonneaux followed by another 3 to 6 months of bottle aging.

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

  • 92

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    Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG
    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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    Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG
    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, 2018 March

    "Made with 80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has aromas of violet, red-skinned berry and underbrush. The bright palate offers ripe raspberry, red cherry and a sprinkling of white pepper alongside fine-grained tannins."

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    Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 2018 January

    "The 2015 Chianti Classico Brolio is a very pretty, gracious wine with lovely fruit purity and terrific balance. Sweet raspberry and floral notes give the wine freshness and aromatic lift. Soft, open-knit and silky, the 2015 has much to offer. I would prefer to drink it sooner rather later. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon complement the Sangiovese nicely."

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    Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 2018 February

    "An elegant, vibrant red, this exhibits floral, cherry and strawberry flavors that mesh nicely with the harmonious profile. The fine length echoes the fruit. Drink now through 2024. 60,900 cases made."

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