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Castello di Radda

Castello di Radda
2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Castello di Radda
2013 Chianti Classico Riserva

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta

Category: Tuscany Chianti Classico

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .5%
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of fresh cherry skins, leather, and cedar with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a complex, medium-long finish conveying nuances of dried mint, pomegranate, nutskin, and green peppercorn with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A Chianti that hits every note with a finish that really carries.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex, Savory, Juicy & Smooth & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: fresh cherry skins, leather, and cedar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of dried mint, pomegranate, nutskin, and green peppercorn
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A Chianti that hits every note with a finish that really carries.

The Producer

Vintrading

The Producer
Via Alfredo Oriani 3
Brescia, 25123
Italy
39 -030 652382

Tuscany Chianti Classico

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Chianti Classico is one of the world's most familiar and well-loved red wines. It is produced from a zone in central Tuscany between the cities of Florence to the north and Siena to the south.

The principal grape in Chianti Classico is Sangiovese; a minimum of 80% of this grape must be included in a Chianti Classico, unlike other Chiantis from nearby zones. Other grapes that van be included in the blend for a Chianti Classico include traditional varieties such as Canaiolo and Colorino or even international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. While a small percentage of local white varieties were once mandated for inclusion in a Chianti Classico, those white grapes are currently not permitted in the blend.

Chainti Classicos tend to be medium-bodied, while a Riserva offering (aged longer in wood) is richer. Most examples of Chianti Classico are enjoyable upon release and drink well for three to seven years; the Riserva offerings can age for a decade or more.

The wines have a pleasant red cherry flavor profile along with tart acidity and a light cedar, earthy finish. They pair well with foods such as poultry, lighter red meats and pastas with marinara sauce.