Chianti, Great wines under $10, Italy, Red wine, Sangiovese, Tuscany

Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2008

 

Winemaker: Maurizio Castelli
Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Caniaolo
Region: Tuscany, Italy

See other wines from this producer:
Coltibuono Sangiovese Cancelli
Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Stucchi

This beautiful estate got its name (means “Abbey of the good harvest”) thanks to a very historic heritage. It is at least 1000 years old and the monks of Coltibuono, The Vallombrosan, may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese grape in Tuscany.The monastery was active in agriculture from 1000 to around 1800, when Napoleon confiscated most of church properties in Tuscany. Some he gave away as political favors or to his friends, some he sold. When Stucchi family purchased it in 1841, they were only 3rd owner of the original estate.

Emanuela Stucchi, who runs it today with her siblings, are the 7th generation stewards of the property. Their biggest goal is to nurture the land (most of their vineyards are organic, all of them are sustainably farmed) and make the best expression of Sangiovese and the unique terroire of Chianti Classico.

The grapes for Cetamura were sourced from selected Sangiovese vineyards, located in the best Tuscany areas. Grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and than aged for a brief period of time in the bottle before its release. The family strive was to make young, fresh wine that reflects the high quality of Sangiovese grape in this region.

Tasting notes:
Vibrant ruby red color with a beautiful aroma of cherry and red fruit with an earthy tones. On the palate surprisingly full body for the wine that didn’t see the oak, very smooth and pleasant. Impressive expression of fruit and well balanced with the acidity. This could be very well the best Chianti in this price range. Long finish is an extra bonus (usually reserved for much more expensive wines). Wonderful home wine that wouldn’t brake your valet.

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: around $ 9.00

Ideal food pairing:
Antipasto, My traditional lasagna, Vermicelli con melanzana, Beef Bourguignon, Philly cheesesteak Panini, Roasted salmon with creamy spinach

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