2018 Rocca delle Macie Famiglia Zingarelli Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

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  • "Jewel-Like Fruit. Silky Texture With a Delightful Finish" ~95 Decanter
  • "Great Freshness. Succulent, Long Finish" ~94 JS
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About the Wine

Oh, Chianti! We all love this place. I mean, is there anything more enchanting and artistic than this Tuscan charming hill-covered region? This is a place loaded with history, art, legends, stunning landscapes, and delectable wines. This appellation produces what James Suckling said, “some of the finest wines in Italy and the world.” And, one of the best-known and most appreciated wines in the world is Chianti Classico.

Rocca delle Macie lies in the heart of the Chianti Classico region at the center of Tuscany. Although the estate and to a larger extent, the region is famous for its Sangiovese, Super Tuscans have been driving it home. In the 2015 vintage the estate decided to take a risk and bottle this as a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon instead of its typically Cab-Sangiovese blend, and it certainly paid off. Production was low on this wine, do not miss your chance to add this to your collection.

Rocca delle Macìe was established in 1973 when former Boxer and Movie director Italo Zingarelli decided to realize his lifelong dream by acquiring the “Le Macìe” estate(extending across 93 hectares (230 acres) in all, of which only two were under vine) in order to create a winery in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone. Rocca delle Macìe implements agronomic techniques that are geared not only towards constantly improving the products but also towards respecting the environment.

Rocca delle Macìe was established on a solid base of ethical values, constructed by Italo in order to make his dream a reality. The respect of his children and their capacity to build upon what they had received did the rest. The Zingarelli family has not compromised on this approach as the business has grown. Rocca delle Macìe has now become one of the largest wine producers in Italy, and remain committed to preserving a land that is healthy and clean, and always in a position to offer up its very best fruits.

Chianti Classico has two additional levels that determine the wine's quality and aging. "Chianti Classico Riserva" wines need at least two years in barrel (24 months) plus three months in bottle before being released. 

Aging: 2 years in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese. This wine presents a captivating ruby red color that gracefully transitions to garnet with age. The bouquet is an intense and refined blend of vibrant fruity hints and delightful spicy undertones. On the palate, it is rich and enduring, with well-integrated tannins that create a seamless and persistent finish, offering a masterful balance that invites you to savor every sip.


Perfumed with sweet leather, wild strawberry and suede over cinnamon and floral undertones. Bright acidity and translucent, jewel-like fruit. Silky texture with a delightful finish. ~95 Decanter

Aromas of cherries, red plums, mushrooms, truffles and dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins and bright acidity. Layered and textured, with spicy character. It’s balanced and focused with great freshness. Succulent, long finish. Drink or hold. ~94 James Suckling

Extremely intriguing in the mixed floral and fruity profile showing a bohemian energy with notes of pressed red flowers, raspberries, ripe blackcurrants and orange juice. Meduim to full bodied, rounded tannins and a juicy finale which both merchants and consumers will enjoy. Well made. Drink now. ~93 WinesCritic.com

Bright, vibrant ruby ​​red. On the nose there are hints of citrus, floral tones, violets, wild berries, then cherries and blood orange again. Fresh and clear on the palate, with crisp fruit and red berry core, then shows drying tannin in the back area. ~90 Falstaff

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