Characteristics of Chianti Classico wine
The Chianti wine is produced under various names. For example it's possible to purchase Chianti Colli Senesi or Chianti Rufina wines, both made in large percent from Sangiovese grapes grown in Tuscany.
Here we want to talk about Chianti Classico DOCG, from many wine lovers also called “Chianti Gallo Nero”.
With reference to the DOCG mentioned above, it is worth mentioning that the Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin informs the consumer about the origin of a wine and that this mention protects normally quality wines.
The Chianti Classico wine is distinguished, among others, for the following characteristics:
- minimum alcohol content 12.5% by volume, 12.5 for the Riserva;
- ruby red color which, in function of aging and the origin, can assume different depth and intensity;
- floral notes and hints of red fruits;
- of dry flavor and harmonious, is a structured red wine whose balance is perfected with the softness gained after few years of aging.
The term "Classico" shall be read as original or, in other words, as the first. In fact, the Italian Ministerial Decree of 1932 that identifies the production area of Chianti Classico, defines this area as "the zone of more ancient origin." To complete the information, must also be said that the boundaries delimited by the Decree are still the same.
Other important characteristics of the wine Chianti Classico DOCG are:
The Chianti Classico Riserva is aged at least 24 months, three of which needed for aging in bottle.
- made at least from 80% with Sangiovese grapes grown in the area specified by its Production Regulation;
- the grape yield must not exceed 7.5 tonnes per hectare;
- the yield of wine from grapes must not exceed 5,250 liters per hectare.