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Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - Superlatives abound for this wine. It is bright with aromas of dark and red cherries and notes of leather, smoke and sweet spice. Lush...
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Lamole Di Lamole Chianti Classico 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - A fresh and crisp red that delivers a citrusy acidity and ripe fruit style. Medium to full body, plus cinnamon, dried cherry and...
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Ruffino Chianti Classico Santedame Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 88 -  Good medium red. Aromas of fresh blackcurrant, dark cherry, earth and menthol; showed increasing floral lift and sangiovese...
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San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A cool, sleek style of Il Grigio with mint, lavender and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Sweet tobacco as well. Full body with firm,...

2012 Italy Sangiovese Wine

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The name of this grape, meaning 'blood of Jove' conjures up evocative images of long dead civilizations, and gives the Sangiovese varietal a sense of the holy, the sacred, the special. Indeed, this particular type of Italian grape has been cultivated and processed for thousands of years, and is said to be the original favorite grape varietal of the Romans, and the Etruscans before them. Throughout history, vintners have continued to plant this varietal, and they continue to produce wonderful wines to this day. The long bunches of very dark, round fruit are treasured by fine wineries in Italy and a few other places around the world, and when young, these grapes are lively – full of strawberry flavors and a little spiciness. However, it is when they are aged in oak that they take on some truly special flavors and aromas, as seen in some of the finest wines of the Old World.

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