This intense ruby-colored wine is characterized by dry, warm, earthy finish and fresh acidity, followed by an aroma of forest fruits and sweet spice against a backdrop of herbs and autumn leaves
I’ve mentioned it before, but I like it when I can get quality wine in small format bottles. They’re perfect when I just want a glass or two instead of opening a full-sized bottle, easy to transport, and great for studying particularly on nights when I need to taste multiple bottles
Q: What does “Classico” signify?
A: When you see “Classico” on a bottle of Italian wine, it means the grapes were grown within the boundaries of one of the original appellations, many of which have since expanded to included other vineyards. Wines labeled as “Classico” are often some of the best wines in the area, and the vineyards are often at higher elevation than other vineyards
Q: What is the significance of the black rooster on the label?
A: The black rooster (Gallo Nero) is the Chianti Classico seal. According to Chianti.com, “Legend has it that in 13th century Florence and Siena decided to use a horse race to end their land dispute over Chianti. The meeting point of two knights, who had left respectively from Florence and Siena when the rooster sang at dawn, would mark the new borders of their territories. The Florentines selected a black rooster and kept it for a few days in a box with no food. On the day of the race, when they took the rooster out of the box, he sang much earlier than dawn. Thus, the Florentine knight left before the Sienese rider, meeting him only him only 20 km from Siena walls”