Cigliano Chianti Classico 2009

Cigliano Chianti Classico 2009

$19.70

Niccolò Montecchi is a noble winemaker and the owner of the 500 year-old  Villa del Cigliano Estate. He makes old-school Chianti Classico, with wonderful fruit, pleasant minerality and softer tannins that come shining through in this clay-rich part of Chianti Classico 10 miles south of Florence.

Niccolò’s Chianti Classico 2009 has a gorgeous garnet color that sparkles and immediately seduces the eye, but what pulls you in is the nose: ripe black cherries and dried herbs marry into a delicious aroma.  One taste and the complexity goes deeper, with baked cherryfennel and lavendertobacco and some very light hazelnut. Tannins are soft and sweet, with decent acidity and a medium finish.

Bottle Size:  750ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Be sure to read more about this wine in the Description section below.

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Product Description

Come taste with NiccoloLet me introduce you to Niccolò Montecchi.  He’s a member of the Antinori family – and in Italy, that means a LOT.

Villa del Cigliano (pronounced “chill-YAH-no”) is a 500-year-old Estate inherited by Niccolò from his grandmother Elenora Antinori (female blood line).  In his own words, Niccolò has “murdered and recreated” himself as a noble farmer, choosing to spend his days making extraordinary Sangiovese-based wines just 15 miles south of Florence in San Casciano in the Chianti Classico wine region.

Big botte at Cigliano -- old school

Hey man, that’s old-school.

Niccolò makes old-school Chianti Classico, aging his wine in botti, those big 12 to 20 hectolitre (300-500 gallon) barrels made from Slavonian oak. Not a touch of new French oak. It’s all about the fruit and the minerality that comes shining through in this clay-rich part of Chianti Classico.

This wine has a gorgeous garnet color that sparkles and immediately seduces the eye, but what pulls you in is the nose: ripe black cherries and dried herbs marry into a delicious aroma.  One taste and the complexity goes deeper, with baked cherryfennel and lavendertobacco and some very light hazelnut. Tannins are soft and sweet, with decent acidity and a medium finish.

Ribollita is perfect with a glass of Cigliano 2009 Chianti Classico

Food to pair this with.

The 2009 pairs wonderfully with classic Tuscan dishes – think more flavorful meats, pastas with meat-based sauces, and hearty soups.  Grilled beef and veal steaks, roasted lambrabbit and roasted pork dishes are complimented by Chianti Classico.  Pasta dishes like pappardelle with a rich beef ragu are divine with Sangiovese-based wines like Chianti Classico. If you’re in the mood for soup, try the Tuscan classic Ribollita, or make a farrotto with porcini mushrooms.

Additional Information

Weight 3.00 lbs
Vintage

2009

Bottle Size

750 mL

Grape Varietal

Sangiovese (90%), Canaiolo (5%), Colorino (5%)

Alcohol

13.5%

Region

Toscana

Bottles Produced

20,000

Servings per Bottle

4-6 glasses

Serving Temperature

65-72 degrees F

When to Drink

Drink now through 2015

Aging

12 months in botti (big oak casks), then 3-4 months maturation in bottle.