Brolio Bettino 2016

Ricasoli

90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino  This is a terrific expression of Sangiovese with bright fruit, dense textural fiber and balanced acidity. The 2016 Chianti Classico Brolio Bettino plays all of its cards with an expert hand. It boasts impeccable balance, especially considering the relationship between its core of dark black fruit and the elegance and power of its long-lasting finish. Crushed stone notes appear as well.

93 pts – Wine Advocate 

$26.99

In stock

VARIETAL

Sangiovese

APPELLATION

Tuscany

VINTAGE

2016

COUNTRY

WINERY

Barone Ricasoli

TYPE OF WINE

Red Wine

The history of the Ricasoli family has been linked to wine since 1141, when there is written testimony attesting that the Ricasoli family already possessed Brolio Castle. After centuries defending their lands and feudal sovereignty, the Ricasoli family understood the great potential of the Brolio territory and were among the first to dedicate themselves to the improvement of agriculture and vineyards. In fact, the family tree, reproduced in a print from 1584, is one of the first images of the Chianti area.
The heart of the Ricasoli wine production comes from the Brolio castello, a magnificent castle located in the commune of Gaiole in Chianti, which was built as an outpost to defend Florence from the rival city of Siena. Within the estate, ancient cannonballs and even more recent WWII artillery shells have been found, evidence of the historical strategic importance of the castle with views of the entire Chianti Classico area. The 3,000 acre estate includes 580 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards, ranging in altitude from 800 to 1,500 feet. Each plot is harvested and fermented separately with meticulous dedication.

Baron Francesco Ricasoli has been at the helm of the winery since 1993 and with the deepest respect for his renowned ancestors, he has guided the estate in innovation and sustainable vineyard practices. Aware of the great potential of the Brolio terroir, Francesco Ricasoli was the first to  implement zoning  of the lands cultivated as vineyards in the Chianti Classico  area. His intention was to learn more about the specific nuances of the viticulture of this unique and remarkable property and then to use this information for improved production.

A greater level of excellence in the company’s agronomic and enological choices led to modern and sustainable precision in viticulture. Integrating old studies with new ones, a project of clonal selection ensued and was aimed at conserving the most inte- resting biotypes of the Sangiovese present at Brolio.The company is located in one of the most pure and least contaminated places in Tuscany. Over the centuries, this area was nearly inaccessible due to its stony ground and thick, compact woods. It became habitable thanks to all those who cultivated beauty, balance, and harmony. In a context like this, it has not been difficult for the company to choose nature-friendly viticulture. We are not certified organic, but we make extra effort to employ agronomic tech- niques with low environmental impact. Research and applied technologies have allowed us to respect the territory fully while producing quality wines. In this way, we interpret and practice the concept of sustainability and consider it a point of pride.

A visit to this fantastical castle, beautiful views of Tuscan hills, (fabulous restaurant!) and state of the art tasting room is obligatory for any visit to Tuscany. Check it out here.

 

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