Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
80% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
A ruby red colour. Fruity and spicy aromas with a delicate touch of cedar wood. Ripe fruit in the palate, blackberry, black currant, herbal hints and tobacco. Excellent concentration and very well balanced bouquet. Long and persistent finish.
93 pts – Robert Parker Wine Advocate
93 pts – Decanter
93 pts – Wine Spectator
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This Riserva, produced from a selection of estate-grown grapes, reflects all the soil characteristics of Brolio. Sandstone, marl, marine deposits, and the calcarenites locally called “alberese”, all converge in the distinctive harmony of this magnificent wine. The vineyards, that show different exposures, are planted at 260 meters to 500 meters (853 to 1,640 feet) above sea level.
PRODUCTION AREA Estate Chianti Classico GROWING SEASON The autumn and winter were very mild this year, with below-freezing temperatures only in part of January. It was rainy, about 440 mm. In the spring, temperatures were average, with the end of May and early June hot but humid. This diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters that was good for the Sangiovese. Two hailstorms at the end of May also led to loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry. End-July and Mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants, helping them during the period of veraison. Harvest began in early September, with temperatures mid-to-high for that period of the year during the day and a drop of as much as 10-15°Cat nights, favoring the accumulation of phenolic compounds.