From rolling Tuscan hillsides in the heart of Chianti emerges a wine with a modern flair, while maintaining the traditions set forth for generations before them. Since 1141 the Ricasoli family has produced wine in the commune of Gaiole, Chianti, Italy, in Brolio Castello, a spectacular castle overlooking their sustainably farmed vineyards that range in elevation from 800-1500 feet. The oldest wine producer in Italy, the Ricasoli family played a significant part in the development of the original formula for Chianti that became the standard, now known as Chianti Classico.
From a blend of 80% Sangiovese with 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti Classico Riserva ($30) melds intense black and red fruit together with toasted spice, savory balsamic, and dried herbs with a soft floral note on the finish. The wine is big, bold, and broad, making it perfect for braised or grilled meat dishes, but there is also a nice freshness, highlighting a restraint in the winemaking, truly allowing the fruit to shine in its own splendor.