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CHIANTI and BRUNELLO

A Chianti wine is any wine produced in the Chianti region, in central Tuscany, Italy. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a fiasco ("flask"; pl. fiaschi); however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now; most Chianti is now bottled in more standard shaped wine bottles. Baron Bettino Ricasoli (later Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy) created the Chianti recipe of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca in the middle of the 19th century. The first definition of a wine-area called Chianti was made in 1716. It described the area near the villages of Gaiole, Castellina and Radda; the so-called Lega del Chianti and later Provincia del Chianti (Chianti province)

In 1932 the Chianti area was completely re-drawn and divided in seven sub-areas: Classico, Colli Aretini, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Montalbano and Rùfina. Most of the villages that in 1932 were suddenly included in the new Chianti Classico area added in Chianti to their name-such as Greve in Chianti which amended its name in 1972. Wines labelled "Chianti Classico" come from the biggest sub-area of Chianti, that includes the original Chianti heartland. Only Chianti from this sub-zone may boast the black rooster seal (known in Italian as a gallo nero) on the neck of the bottle, which indicates that the producer of the wine is a member of the Chianti Classico Consortium, the local association of producers. Other variants, with the exception of Rufina from the north-east side of Florence and Montalbano in the south of Pistoia, originate in the respective named provinces: Siena for the Colli Senesi, Florence for the Colli Fiorentini, Arezzo for the Colli Aretini and Pisa for the Colline Pisane. In 1996 part of the Colli Fiorentini sub-area was renamed Montespertoli.

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 80 km south of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, a diminutive of bruno, which means brown, is the name that was given locally to what was believed to be an individual grape variety grown in Montalcino. In 1879 the Province of Siena's Amphelographic Commission determined, after a few years of controlled experiments, that Sangiovese and Brunello were the same grape variety, and that the former should be its designated name. In Montalcino the name Brunello evolved into the designation of the wine produced with 100% Sangiovese. In 1980, Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation and today is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines.

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  1. Bocelli Family Wines 'Rosso di Toscano' Sangiovese' IGT 2015

    Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator magazine

    Made from Tuscany’s noble varietal; sangiovese. The Bocelli family’s passion and expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, and appealing Sangiovese.

    With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe & smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, & rhubarb compote.The finish is long & suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut & pleasing.

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    Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico DOCG 2012
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  4. Bocelli Family Wines 'Chianti Classico' 2014

    Made from Tuscany’s noble varietal, the Bocelli family’s passion & expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, & appealing Sangiovese.

    With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe & smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, & rhubarb compote.The finish is long & suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut & pleasing.

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  5. Bocelli Family Wines 'Brunello di Montalcino' 2010

    Bocelli Family Wines 'Brunello di Montalcino' 2010
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