What Are You Tasting: 2011 Il Borghetto Montigiano

 
 

Wine

100% Sangiovese, this elegant wine has many a time been mistaken in blind tastings for Pinot Noir, by Sommeliers and wine lovers alike. Winemaker Antonio Cavallini look his love and knowledge gained from Dujac winery in Burgundy to Chianti, a place he thought was in long need of a softer hand in the cellar.

Place

Chianti, Italy. This wine is from the Chianti Classico designation, but is not labeled as such, because the consorzio (the governing body of the region) disapprove of the Burgundy style bottle. Antonio cultivates not only these unique wines, but also olive oil and a small garden. Their property also has a B&B where you can take cooking classes, and make your own olive oil!

Pairing

This wine shows notes of fresh sage, bright berries and subtle spices. Pair it with a berry/balsamic sauced duck breast. 

Takeaway

Chianti went through a “Super Tuscan” phase. The product of this phase were wines often made from Bordeaux varietals, and in a big “new world” style. Sangiovese can actually be very elegant, so we are very pleased to see the softer, purer side to the region being once again represented…. even if it is in a fat bottle.

 

 

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