Friday, November 2, 2012

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Enjoying a spectacular glass of chianti classico reserva from Barone Ricasoli.  Nice label, don't you think?

Since last weekend was the yoga conference, I abstained from drinking alcohol.  In fact, it's been nine days since I've tasted wine, so this glass is especially delicious.  Sometimes doing without enhances your appreciation for things.  It's almost worth the abstinance.

Great colour in the glass, the swirl is producing great legs.  Smoky note to the bouquet.  Nicely balanced on the tongue.  Long finish.

I want to go back to Tuscany!!!!

This Passionate Foodie visited the winery in July.  Turns out it is the second oldest in the world, founded in 1141.  Some things just improve with age.
The most famous member of this family was Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809 – 1880), also known as the "Iron Baron." In 1861, Bettino became the Prime Minister of the newly formed Italy. Though known as an adept politician, it was his intense research and study of wine that gave him renown. He created the basic formula for the Chianti blend, 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo (to smooth the tannins) and 15% Malvasia bianca (to make it more drinkable when fresh). This basic formula, with some slight revision, was eventually codified into law in 1966. Thus the name Ricasoli is rich with history and reputation, setting a high precedent for future generations. That is a precedent that the current Baron of Brolio intends to live up to and make proud.

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