2013 Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore

The two grape varieties (95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot) of the blend were fermented differently: the Merlot was given seven to eight days of skin contact at maximum temperatures of 79°  in order to extract only supple tannins and preserve the fruity character of the grape’s aromas, while the Sangiovese was given a longer, ten to twelve day maceration on its skins at higher temperatures, 86° which included a soft punching down of the cap of skins in order to increase the complexity of the wine’s flavors and aromas. Ageing took place both in stainless steel tanks and in oak for a total aging period of nine months, followed by a short, two months period of bottle aging before commercial release.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red with purple highlights, the wine features aromas of red fruit, particularly cherries and black currants, together with hints of vanilla from the aging in oak. The palate is balanced and with polished tannins, and the red fruit returns on the finish and aftertaste.”

Recipe: Crostino di Polenta e Funghi

Ingredients:
200g Polenta
800ml Water
40g Dried mushrooms
100g of Fresh pecorino Toscano
8 Slices of rustic bread

Rehydrate the mushrooms in tepid water and chop into small pieces. Boil the water for the polenta and when ready gradually add the polenta flour along with the chopped porcini and keep stirring until ready. Once cooked, spread onto a rectangular baking pan, keeping the thickness at least 1 cm. Place the polenta in the refrigerator to cool and solidify.Cut the pecorino into small cubes. Cut the fully cooled polenta into small disks and place the cheese on top.

Place in the oven for 5 min at 180°  C and serve hot. *Every polenta has different cooking time and water/flour proportion specific to its particular brand. Consult the directions on the packaging to ensure the best result.

Rating:

This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, on sale for $12.99 a bottle 01/01/2015 to 12/31/2016. SKU#18167

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