Azienda Agricola San Benedetto Chianti Riserva
New Vintage! Lush with ripe fruit, smooth from oak aging, this wine is 90% old vine Sangiovese. Bold and delicious, perfect with meat dishes and interesting cheeses.
The Gianelli family runs Azienda Agricola San Benedetto, a producer of wine and olive oil in the Chianti region of Tuscany. The family has nearly a century of history growing wine grapes and olives, beginning in the 1920s. For years prior, the family had been sharecroppers for a farm called Casaccia. As the tenant farmers began to buy their lands, the Gianellis -- brothers Dario and Guiseppe -- bought land near San Benedetto. They built a winery on their property in 1975. The farm and agriturismo is now owned by Giovanni Marinaro (Giuseppe's son) and Andrea and Marco Gianelli (Dario's grandsons).
San Benedetto has 25 hectares of vineyards and 2 of olive groves. Eighty percent of the grapes are red grapes, mostly Sangiovese with some Canaiolo, Malvasia, Colorino, and Ciliegiolo (which mostly add color to the red wine), along with a bit of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Montepulciano. Seventy percent of the white grapes are Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the rest are Trebbiano, Malvasia, Vermentino, and Sancolombano. The red grapes go into Chianti Tradizione and Chianti Riserva, plus an everyday and a more elegant red blends, and Vin Santo and Grappa. San Bendetto also produces Vernaccia and Vermentino whites.
The Chianti Riserva is 90% Sangiovese, with the remainder Colorino and Canaiolo. It's vinified in concrete tanks and then aged in oak for two years. Since it comes from older vines, the wine is more intense than the Tradizione, with more spice aromas and deeper dark fruit. This is the wine to bring out for those hearty meat dishes, or the ragù that you've simmered for hours.
||Bold Red Wine
||DOCG Chianti Riserva
||Azienda Agricola San Benedetto
Hearty meat and pasta dishes, strong cheeses, wild game, grilled vegetables