Vigneti La Selvanella Riserva Chianti Classico 2011, Cantina Melini | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A Chianti Classico exactly as it should be. Full-bodied, structured and balanced with fine cherry fruit, soft tannins, long finish and subtle oak notes. This is the wine producer Melini’s top wine. Riserva indicates that the wine has spent some time in oak barrels.

The grapes for the wine come from a special vineyard called la Selvanella which is situated outside the village of Radda, in the middle of the Chianti Classico region. Melini has made wine from this vineyard since 1969. The wine is supposed to be the first Chianti wine from a single vineyard. The vineyard is planted exclusively with Sangiovese. The wine was enjoyed together with a grilled duck breast and mushroom cream. Not surprisingly, it was a good combination. I say not surprisingly because Chianti wines are always superb food wines. They have just the structure, the tannins and the fresh acidity that is needed.

View over vineyards and San Gimignano in Tuscany

View over vineyards and San Gimignano in Tuscany

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