Other typical characteristics include cherry, blackberry, red fruit, pepper, herbs, liquorice, and vanilla. The taste is certainly dry, fresh, and juicy. This Italian wine is often somewhat tannic in its early years but with age of a few years the taste mellows and becomes fuller and more rounded. Chianti wines can vary widely depending on where they come from and how they are made.

The light, cheerful, and unforced Chiantis are best drunk young when they are at their best. More traditional style Chiantis are more full-bodied and require some rest. The superb Riservas are at least three years old before being sold and can happily be left to age further. Drink a modern-style young Chianti during a meal at 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C) and the others Italian wines at 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C).



Chianti map winesThis denomination for just one sweet wine is Unique in Italy. This Vin Santo has a long and interesting history like its fellow wines. Only the very best grapes are selected to make Vin Santo and these are spread out to dry on straw mats or in small containers and left either out of doors or in well- ventilated attics for a period of one year. Following this the grapes are pressed and the young wine is then left to mature in small casks or caratelli.

The basic grapes for white Vin Santo are Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia. For the Rosato Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Occhio di Pemice (Occhio di Pemice is ‘partridge eyes’, referring to the colour of the wine) the principal grape is Sangiovese. Both wines can be either more or less dry or sweet. These are astonishingly good Italian wines that are mellow, full- bodied, aromatic, and all sharing the same characteristics. Drinking temperature for this dry Italian wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) and 42.8-46.4°F(6-8°C) for sweet ones.


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