Azienda Viticola Rocca di Montegrossi

Gaiole in Chianti | Toscana

 

rocca_producerThe history of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family in Toscana is a rich tapestry of kings and statesmen, its fabric woven together with the vine. For more than 37 generations, this ancient family has cultivated grapes and crafted wines in Monti in Chianti, the “very best area” of Chianti Classico, according to Antonio Galloni.

The family’s roots in Toscana began with a man named Geremia back in 1141, when the name “Chianti” had yet to be spoken and Toscana was the scene of many a battle between warring families. The “rocca” of Montegrossi was a strategic post, high up on a plateau, providing shelter for traveling dignitaries.

For centuries the family guarded the “rocca” and cultivated vines on its sunny slopes. Yet it was in the nineteenth century when Baron Bettino Ricasoli—the “Iron Baron” and future prime minister of a united Italy—created the original “formula” for Chianti Classico’s blend of grapes.

The “Iron Baron” was winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi’s great-great-great grandfather. Today on the very same land where his forefathers grew grapes, Marco crafts peerless Chianti Classico wines according to the traditions and wisdom of countless generations.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi’s 50 acres of vines are surrounded by 50 acres of olive trees and 250 acres of natural woodland. The estate has farmed organically since 2006, and was organically certified in 2010. All the winery’s energy needs are provided by renewables; the estate also recycles rain water for farming.

Marco is assisted by enologist Attilio Pagli. Harvest is performed by hand, with grapes collected in small cases. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, upright wooden fermentation tanks, with indigenous yeasts. All wines are bottled unfiltered.

ROSÉ WINES

Toscana Rosato

This medium-bodied, full-flavored rosato is a hand-harvested selection of Sangiovese from the estate’s top vineyard, San Marcellino. Winemaker Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi presses grapes gently after a two-hour maceration (rosé de pressurage).

 

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RED WINES

Toscana Rosso ‘Geremia’

A supple and lush red blend; cassis, herbs, black/purple fruit. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is named after the founder of the family, Geremia Ricasoli, who lived in the seventh century.

 

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Chianti Classico

Suave and balanced; tart cherries, light pepper, baking spices. A traditional, tangy blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino.

 

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Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino

A selection of fruit from a 17-acre plot near the Pieve di San Marcellino, an eleventh-century Romanesque church. Deeply nuanced and elegant; plum, dark cherries, smoke, tobacco. A blend of Sangiovese and Pugnitello; vines range between 20-50 years old.

 

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SWEET WINES

Vin Santo del Chianti Classico

100% Malvasia Bianca del Chianti. Ripe grapes are harvested, then individual bunches are hung to dry on a series of nets in the estate’s cellars to acquire “noble rot” (botrytis; ‘muffa nobile’)

 

“…one of the richest Vin Santos in Chianti Classico.”—Antonio Galloni

 

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Established: 1981
Winemaker: Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi
Region: Italia • Toscana • Gaiole in Chianti
Vineyard size: 50 acres

ORGANIC WINERY

Despite being located in one of the very best areas within Chianti Classico and boasting a superb track record, Rocca di Montegrossi remains one of the most under the radar estates in Chianti Classico, and Italy, for that matter. Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi crafts deep, powerful wines…The estate’s Chianti Classico is often one of the best wines in its class, while the flagship San Marcellino and Geremia are reliably outstanding.

—Antonio Galloni

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