Chianti, you will find a bottle of it on most tables in any Italian restaurant for good reason. This bright acid, medium-bodied red with good tannic structure makes a perfect pairing for most Italian dishes, whether it is a tomato based bolognese of the south or a mushroom risotto from the north. Today we have a steal in Chianti called Castiglioni, vinified by the historic winery Frescobaldi, that is a prime example of how lovely and easy-going Chianti can be.
The property has been in the Frescobaldi family since the 11th century, Castiglioni is actually the point of origin of wine production for the Frescobaldis. Documentation indicates that wines were being produced here as early as 1300. The estate extends along the ancient Via di Castiglioni, built by the Romans to unify northern Tuscany and Rome.
The area was already famous in those times for the quality of its agricultural harvests and was for centuries at the center of heavy trade traffic and chosen as the site for luxury Roman villas.
The typical fresh, clay soils, ideal for highlighting the fruitiness of the wines. Tenuta Castiglioni is situated in the gentle hills of Val di Pesa. Here the richness of the weather and the soil is expressed in the structure of the wines, thanks to the symbiosis between fresh earth, a mild climate and the afternoon breezes from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti 2018
Shelf Price $14.99
Sale Price $11.97
Chianti Castiglioni 2018 features a beautiful ruby-red color with elegant purple hues. Delightful fruity notes immediately emerge on the nose: cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry. Floral and fragrant notes such as violet make an appearance later on. On the palate, Chianti Castiglioni is lively, soft and enveloping. The finish is long and persistent, with the after-taste confirming the fruity aromas previously detected on the nose. Pairs well with full-flavored dishes such as pappardelle pasta in a meat sauce, as well as roast chicken, sautéed beef with vegetables, and medium-aged cheeses.
"Full of rich, dark cherry and plum fruit, this red is balanced and charming, with accents of earth and iron adding detail as this winds down on the finish. Drink now through 2023." - Wine Spectator