Bindi Sergardi La Ghirlanda Chianti Classico 2016

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Tasting Notes

This wine has great clarity in the glass. There is both depth and complexity to the aromas: wood, dried herbs, plums, and herbed blackberries. The palate offers a lovely fruit/acid/tannin balance. Dark fruits dominate the red, and acid speaks louder than tannins (which are soft), making the taste quite juicy. Traditional and fruit-driven approaches are very well combined. This is a very tasty wine, somewhat rustic rather than elegant. It is medium bodied with a long finish.

 Pair with game, red meats, mature cheeses, and typical Mediterranean first courses. Try this with slightly rustic versions of traditional Tuscan dishes. Enjoy with hearty bean stews, lentils or mushrooms as well as tomato-based pasta.

The Bindi Sergardi family has been involved in the in the politics, economy, and culture of Siena since the early 14th century. They led the city government in the 15th century, were one of the founding members of the Chianti Classico Consortium in 1924, and have made many contributions to the arts. Winemaking dates to 1349, and is now run by the 23rd and 24th generations of the family. The current manager and winemaker, Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi works with her father Nicolò, following in the footsteps of her grandmother Chiara and great-grandmother Elisabetta. The family owns three estates; the oldest, Mocenni, was created in 1067 and provides the grapes for this wine. It is located at 500m above sea level on sedimentary soil with Albarese and Galestro stones; it has N-S orientation with a southern aspect. The vines are surrounded by forest, making this a very special, secluded place. The vineyard was certified organic in 2005. The family focus is on Sangiovese, but they also grow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The entire land holding is 1000 hectares, with about 100 under vine.

 

Grapes from 15-20-year-old vines were harvested on October 3. Fermentation took place in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts. Maceration and malolactic fermentation lasted 16-18 days at 29°C (slightly warmer than most). After that, the wine was transferred to oak barrels to age for10-12 months. The wine was bottled on October 30, 2017, then aged a few years in the cellar before release.

 

La Ghirlanda (“the garland”) is a crown, a celebration of Chianti Classico, and one of five Chianti Classico. There are also two Chianti DOCG and four Toscana IGT wines.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Hearty stew, Pizza, Tomato Sauce, Wild Game

Color/Type:
Red
Origin:
Italy , Chianti
Grape Varietal:
100% Sangiovese
Price:
$30.00 each
  bottle(s)