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2011 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli

Antinori-Chianti-Classico-PeppoliIntroduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary.

From the Wine Maker – “Ruby red in color, the 2011 Pèppoli shows notes of cherries well-integrated with the chocolate and vanilla aromas of the oak aging. The palate shows much Sangiovese varietal character. The tannins are soft and silky, and the flavors are long and well sustained.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

Rating:

This wine was given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $27.99 a bottle, on sale for $19.99 a bottle 01/02/2015 to 13/31/2016. SKU#10917

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

2011 Banfi Chianti Superiore

Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Banfi Chianti Superiore, crafted to the meticulous profile of our estate, is pleasingly smooth and satisfying with its clean and distinctive flavours.

From the Wine Maker – “Intense ruby red color.  Fresh and fruity hints on the nose, well-integrated in a round structure and full body.  The lively acidity is well-balanced with the rest of the structure. Ready to drink, pleasant and persistent.”

Ideal with grilled meat dishes, poultry or pasta.

Rating:

This wine was given a 86 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $11.99 a bottle, $64.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $115.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#23978

2006 DaVinci Chianti

Well balanced and medium weight wine with flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit. Lively with a soft mineral finish and round tannins that linger in a long peppery Finish. Lively, with plum, berry and a hint of milk chocolate on a simple, fruity palate. Delicious.

From the Wine Maker – “The Da Vinci Chianti is deep crimson in color with aromas of cherries and red fruit balanced by soft, round tannins.”

The wine is delicious paired with cold starters, pasta, cheeses. Also perfect as a wine by the glass.

Rating:

This wine was given a 85 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2006 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, $70.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $124.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#08164

2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenute Marchese

Antinori-Chianti-Classico-Riserva-Tenute-MarcheseWine SpectatorBlack cherry and black currant fruit paves the way in this red, with spice and leather accents adding depth. Bright and solid, yet remains elegant, with a lingering aftertaste of mineral and spice. Best from 2013 through 2020.”

From the Wine Maker – “An intense ruby-red with aromas of blackberries and cherries under spirits along with sensation of spice and tobacco from the careful aging in barrel. On the palate the wine is very solid with notes of vanilla and chocolate, supple and soft in its tannins and accompanied by the vibrant acidity which characterizes the Sangiovese grape as a variety. The complexity and length on the finish are excellent.”

This Chianti should be served with meat cannelloni, meat/tomato sauce gnocchi, meat or vegetable lasagna, pepperoni/sausage pizza, meat, spinach or cheese filled ravioli in meat or tomato sauce.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2007 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $35.99 a bottle, on sale for $29.99 a bottle 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. SKU#17918

2006 San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva

San-Giuseppe-Chianti-Classico-RiservaChianti is Italy’s best known wine. Chianti is also Italy’s oldest defined area. The region was created by Medici decree over five centuries ago. That region later became the ”Classico” as the popularity of Chianti grew and the vineyards needed to serve the demand grew outside of the original region. Still today, the best Chianti comes from the original Classico region.San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva is complimenting with a broad range of dishes, the reason that makes Chianti popular.

From the Wine Maker – “Chianti, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile, Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino are all Tuscan Wines made from Sangiovese grape. What defines those wines more than anything is “terroir”. San Giuseppe Chianti Classico Riserva is Chianti from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown on our vineyard in the Classic region. Only the best of the best is then selected and aged in oak for three years and made worthy of becoming Riserva. Of course not all wines of the same denomination are equal. So compare San Giuseppe to other brands. You won’t find better. All San Giuseppe wines are hand selected by Frank Gentile, Master Blender, to reflect the true character and best quality of the land and grape. Enjoy it now and save a six bottle wooden case for your cellar.”

Unlike Chianti with Cabernet that tends to dominate, San Giuseppe goes as well with light pasta as with steak.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2006 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $24.99 a bottle, $134.95 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $239.91 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#21765

2009 Ecco Domani Chianti

Sangiovese is the main grape component of Chianti, one of Italy’s best known wines. Our Sangiovese grapes originate in the hills between the Provinces of Siena and Florence within the renowned Chianti area of Tuscany. This area is known for a warm, sunny growing season, with substantial temperature differential between day and night. Such conditions produce flavorful, rich grapes. The cultivation of these grapes can be traced back through the centuries to ancient Greece and Rome. In fact, the word Sangiovese is derived from Latin “sanguis Jovis,” or the blood of Jupiter.

From the Wine Maker – “Ecco Domani Chianti is a clear, ruby-red color, with a deeply fruited bouquet of cherries and fresh raspberries. This wine is lively and fresh on the palate, with soft, rounded tannins followed by a long, fine finish.”

The fresh, well-structured character of this wine makes it an ideal complement to all types of pasta, hors d’eouvres, and red or white meats.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2009 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $11.99 a bottle, $64.75 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $115.11 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#60951


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