2012 Azienda Agricola Le Rote – Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
$19.65 btl / $235.80 cs (case of 12 x 750ml)
In the shadow of the famous towers of San Gimignano, Tuscan estate Le Rote makes a wonderfully charismatic Chianti Colli Senesi from 100% Sangiovese. Chianti Colli Senesi is one of the 8 sub-zones of Chianti and perhaps Chianti’s most significant subzone (after Chianti Classico) due to its high quality soils. It is one of the larger sub-regions covering some of the most famed vineyard areas in all of Tuscany, as it overlaps portions of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino in the hills surrounding Siena.
2012 was a warm vintage producing good quality grapes that made rich wines with chewy dark fruit, ripe tannins with a clean and dry finish. Remarkably, this wine was aged a full 1.5 years before release, a very rare and determined decision for a non-riserva Chianti — and the results show in the bottle.
The 2012 Azienda Agricola Le Rote Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG is medium ruby with flecks of garnet in the rim; developing nose with dried strawberry, black cherry, roses, sandalwood and dried rosemary; dry with refreshing levels of acidity balanced by a core of rich, chewy dark fruit and ripe tannins; smooth, black-cherry and sweet tobacco linger on a faint, pleasant finish that is touched off by just the right hint of oak.
Price: Case of 12 at $235.80 ($19.65 per bottle)
Drink: Now or over the next 3 years
Type/Variety: Dry red, Medium-body, 100% Sangiovese
Food Pairing: Homemade gnocchi in butter sage sauce, fresh pasta with vodka sauce, meaty pizza