Most of our guests are probably already familiar with the wines of Fattoria La Ripa. This historic estate nestled in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone has been producing wines and extra virgin olive oil since the 1400s. Today the father and son team of Sandro and Nicolas Caramelli are producing award winning wines on this estate once owned by the Monna Lisa.
At ABC Fine Wine & Spirits you can find the Fattoria La Ripa Monna Lisa Chianti, Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva. Fans of these three wines will without a doubt want to try the newest offering, Fattoria La Ripa Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2008. This dense, muscular wine is loaded with complexity all the while maintaining a sense of elegance.
Some of you may be wondering what “Gran Selezione” refers to. Well leave it to the Italians to add another level of confusion to the mix. Beginning with the 2010 vintage, the Consortium of Chianti Classico producers has created a new level of wine above Chianti Classico Riserva called Gran Selezione. For a wine to qualify for Gran Selezione status all the grapes must come exclusively from a winery’s own vineyards. In addition it must be at least 13% alcohol (12.5% for Riserva) and aged for at least 30 months before release (24 for Riserva).
Ok, so if the Consortium introduced this new quality level beginning with the 2010 vintage how do we have a 2008 Gran Selezione? While 2010 is theoretically the first vintage for Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Consorzio rules allowed individual wineries to apply for Gran Selezione status for their wines from earlier vintages provided the winery can supply documentation to show the wine complies with the new rules. And voila, we have another great wine on our shelves from Fattoria La Ripa. Don’t miss this one as supplies are extremely limited.
Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor
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