Rocca di Montegrossi is an old estate in the Chianti Classico region. The estate, which is located just south of Gaole in Chianti, consists of 100 hectares of which 20 are planted in vine, 20 in olive groves that surround the vineyard, and the remainder in woodlands. The estate is situated at 340-350 meters above sea level with calcareous loam soils. Owner Marco Ricasoli-Findolfi serves as winemaker with the support of consulting enologist Attilio Pagli and also oversees all vineyard operations. We last tasted these wines for our Report # 15 The Wines of Chianti Classico. Since that time the estate has been converted to organic viticulture.
The wines of Rocca di Montegrossi are among the finest produced in Chianti Classico. They exhibit rich and pure fruit flavors with interesting nuances of loam and toast. Aged in fine Allier oak, they reveal refinement and elegance on the palate with excellent balance and structure. While drinkable now, these wines will improve with further aging. The 2007 vintage was also one of the finest in Tuscany in recent years.
Rocca di Montegrossi 2009 Chianti Classico Tuscany ($27) 90
The 2009 Chianti Classico lets the Sangiovese dark red cherry fruit shine through. It has a smooth palate with firm tannins and loam earth notes and finishes medium long with the flavorful, lingering fresh cherry flavors. It’s a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino aged 12 months in Allier oak.
Rocca di Montegrossi 2007 Geremia IGT Tuscany ($45) 93+
The Geremia has always been one of our favorite Tuscan wines. The 2007 vintage has a gorgeous nose of dark red fruit and hints of cloves and cocoa. It’s layered and deeply flavored of rich fruit, chocolate, and toasted oak and finishes with good length. A blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 24 months in barriques, predominantly new for the Cabernet and mostly used for the Merlot.
Rocca di Montegrossi 2007 Vigneto San Marcellino Tuscany ($50) 92
The Vigneto reveals dark earth, minerals and black and red fruit on the nose and palate. It’s a delicious, serious, well-structured wine with a very long finish showing accents of bright red fruit. A young wine with still gripping tannins, the Vigneto has the stuffing to age beautifully. It’s a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Pugnitello aged 24 months in oak.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler