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Castelvecchio ‘Santa Caterina’ Chianti DOCG 2010

Another bottle I had picked up in a small student-type wine shop in Boston a few weeks back. In addition to not having seen it on any of my local shop shelves, it was inexpensive and the 2010 Chianti vintage is known to be a great one, so I thought it would be an uncomplicated, easy-going glass. The Castelvecchio farm is a family estate located in San Casciano Val di Pesa in the Florentine hills, and is headed by Filippo Rocchi. The estate was founded in 1962 by Filippo’s grandfather Renzo Rocchi and consists of 73 hectares, 30 of which are vineyards and 15 are olive groves. Filippo is passionate about caring for the vines, with a winemaking philosophy to express “the character and originality” of each grape and wine.

Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, earth and sweet herbs. Cherry and strawberry flavours were supported by leather elements and hints of smoky herbs in the medium body, whilst white pepper and mocha comprised the moderate finish. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a pleasant companion at the table.

90% Sangiovese, 10% Cannaiolo
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Castelvecchio of Filippo Rocchi Viticoltore
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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