Located in central Italy, Tuscany is the fifth biggest wine-producing region in the country, but probably the one that is the most well-known to people in North America. However, the region more diverse than many realize. Between Florence and Siena, of course, lies Chianti, and further south is the towns of Montalcino (Brunello) and Montepulciano (Vino Nobile). The Tuscan coast, which includes the vast Maremma district as well as the areas around Bolgheri, is where some very exciting wines are being made in a more international style. In Tuscany, it is not uncommon to see pappardelle (a long flat noodle) served with tomato or meat sauce, including wild boar. Bistecca Fiorentina is a thick T-bone steak that is often served with white cannellini beans and mixed grilled vegetables. Another famous dish of the region is Panzanella, a salad with chunks of soaked stale bread and tomatoes, sometimes also onions and basil, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
Dark black cherry color indicating the ripeness of the vintage. Nose is expressive and big with cherry and notes of licorice and dates. Mouthcoatingly smooth and with more ripe cherry, toast and mineral on the palate. The finish sticks to the teeth and is long. The balance of the fruit, alcohol, oak and acidity work perfectly together to form a finish that easily lasts 45 seconds. The tannins are ripe, but firm.
This is a traditional Chianti Classico from one of the original founders of the Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico. Red ruby colour with purplish reflections in its youth. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well integrated with floral notes of red rose. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints.
Colognole is based in the small Chianti Rufina region, which accounts for just 3% of total Chianti production (and 40% of this is produced by the Frescobaldi family). Rufina is known for possessing the highest elevation vineyards in Chianti which explains why it is slightly cooler than Classico. The wines are also known to be very age-worthy.
The name Riserva del Don was chosen to reflect that this wine is produced using the best quality Sangiovese grapes from the estate. In Southern Italy, from whence the family originated, tradition held that the “Don” (property owner) was to be gifted a small, but premium part of each vintage.
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