2006 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico, Chianti (375ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Review Score: 95WS, 95W&S, 95JS, 94V
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

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Aromas and flavors of molasses, Muscat raisin and caramel are the hallmarks of this sweet, unctuous dessert white. The finish is creamy and resonant, showing freshness and harmony. Drink now through 2024. 185 cases made.

95 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2015)

Malvasia grapes for Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi’s Vin Santo were harvested in October and hung to dry on vertical nets suspended from the rafters on sliding racks, allowing air to circulate and keep the bunches dry while workers remove any unclean berries. The bunches dried for three months, concentrating the sugars in the shriveled berries and leaving only ten percent of the original yield and a staggering 406 grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine aged six years in small casks of cherry, oak and mulberry wood, leaving a dark amber nectar that is packed with flavors of dried plum, fig and honey, accented by notes of star anise and orange rind. Smooth and velvety in texture, the wine begins to develop notes of smoked almonds, caramelized dates, chocolate and coffee. A layer of slatey minerality adds firmness and leaves a cool, refreshing impression on the finish. Pairing this with anything sweet would be overkill; contrast the wine’s richness and heft with a salty blue cheese.

95 points, Wine & Spirits (Apr 2016)

Dark colored amber. So much dried, sweet cherries. Full-bodied and very sweet with syrup, yet fresh and amazing. A unique sweet wine. Drink forever. A joy to taste by the tea spoon.

95 points, James Suckling (Nov 2015)

Rocca di Montegrossi often makes one of the richest Vin Santos in Chianti Classico. The 2006 is a bit less opulent than is often the case, but that just means the Vin Santo is not a blockbuster. Voluptuous and beautifully layered throughout, the 2006 offers an attractive infusion of dried herbs, wild flowers, coconut, mint and leather, all wrapped around a core of dark, deeply spiced fruit.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jul 2015)