Continuing our visit to Castello Cacchiano, here are the wines we sampled:
Mythicum 2009 is a Chianti Classico blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Merlot, giving a soft and gently fruity wine. Delicate and delicious, Mythicum has flavours of red berries – redcurrant and raspberry.
Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. 2008 is from one of the best recent years for Chianti, and according to vineyard manager Michael Quick, has been very agreeable right from the beginning. Made from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, this wine has noticeable, but not aggressive, tannins with a good acidity that will keep it in good shape for at least anther ten years. It could pair with any full-flavoured meat from the grill, but would be terrific with a T-Bone steak.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 is made to the same recipe as Chianti Classico, but the grapes are selected from older vines. It has aromas of red liquorice shoelaces, and deep rich flavours of balsamic and leather with black pepper notes on the long finish. This is a wine that has you looking forward to autumn and winter, with smooth velvety tannins. Pair it with venison, wild boar, pheasant, rabbit and mushrooms.
Chianti Classico Millennio 2007 is named for 1,000 years of the Ricasoli family in Castello di Cacchiano. 100% Sangiovese, this wine is only made in exceptional vintages, the previous being 1997. The grapes were at such a high level of quality that it was possible to allow 5% for this next level wine. There has been no Millennio in-between, even though they have been tempted. A beautiful nose leads to flavours of briar fruit and bramble, and makes you long for a rump steak and BBQ meats.
Chianti Classico and Chianto Classico Riserva are available in Alberta, click here to find a stockist near you.