Castell'in Villa Santacroce 2007
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"The 2007 Santacroce is a huge wine endowed with tons of richness and sheer textural depth." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine AdvocateInhale deeply and you just might be transported to a tiny trattoria in the heart of Tuscany. This is only one of the wonderful things which may happen when you first encounter the Castell'in Villa Santacroce. It's no wall flower. Rather, it's a big, bold, complex superstar of a red wine which has it all: ripe, dark fruit, ample acidity and tannins, spice and earth notes, and layers upon layers of tasty goodness. It's made for hearty, meaty dishes, so put away the puff pastry... Your call as to the complexity of the cuisine. Sear the heck out of a beautiful, thick cut of marbled steak after you've seasoned it liberally with your favorite seasonings and then finish it off in the oven. Meat sauces on sturdy, preferably homemade pastas, and tomato/red wine braising sauces will show off the pedigree of this Santacroce like a stage and a spotlight. What's on your marquee for dinner?
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Santacroce is a huge wine endowed with tons of richness and sheer textural depth. Dark cherries, plums, graphite, incense and tobacco burst from the glass in this intense, powerful wine. I very much like the way the 2007 fleshes out with time in the glass. It is a young, young wine that needs time to shed some baby fat and develop its bouquet. In 2007 Santacroce is more than 50% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time, signaling the direction the wine will take as it gradually becomes a pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032. One of the most age worthy wines in Italy with an aging potential of 20-40 years.
Castell'in Villa is one of the most historic estates in Chianti Classico. Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and her husband found the property in 1967 and purchased it the following year. Initially, Princess Coralia and her husband thought they would make wine for fun. Princess Coralia's father, a Greek aristocrat, demurred at the thought of his daughter becoming a peasant. The estate's Santacroce is a Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend aged in French oak first produced in 1983. Although originally conceived as a pure French oak-aged Sangiovese meant to compete with the trendy wines of the day, Princess Coralia began using Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend beginning in 1988. The Cabernet was grafted onto existing Canaiolo at the suggestion of famed oenologist Giacomo Tachis in the late 1970s. Princess Coralia met Tachis in 1977, the same year her father passed away. Tachis bought wines in bulk at Castell'in Villa for the early vintages of Antinori's Tignanello. Although Tachis was never formally a consultant to Castell'in Villa, he advised Princess Coralia on a number of matters, including suggesting she uproot her Canaiolo and Colorino in favor of Sangiovese and later Cabernet Sauvignon. Princess Coralia says she is paying more attention to details in the cellar. I am sure that is true, but I can't say there is anything from the wines of the 1990s that required too much tinkering." Jun 2012 Trade Notes:"Santacroce offers classic and very pure aromas of cassis, pencil shavings, and liquorice with impressive flavor extraction from ripe fruit that bursts through. Big tannins, hefty acidity and lots of glycerin balance out the whole. A thorough complex wine combining both the old and new styles of contemporary wine making."
Varietal: Cabernet/Sangiovese Blend
Aging: 18 months in barriques, traditional Bordeaux barrels of 225 litre capacity
Region: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Production: Limited at 500 dozen