About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cecchi ‘Riserva di Famiglia’ Chianti Classico DOCG 2009

Grape Variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino
Growing Region: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Chief Winemaker: Andrea Cecchi
I have mentioned before - that a bottle of wine is like a time machine, able to take you back to that time and place where you first experienced a wonderful memory - and this wine reminds me so vividly of my visits to Tuscany, enjoying authentic - richly flavoured cuisine in small, hill top towns.
The 'Riserva di Famiglia' (Family Reserve) is certainly Cecchi’s most terroir expressive wine and one not to be missed. The Riserva di Famiglia reflects the Cecchi family’s deep connection and knowledge of the historic Chianti Classico area and represents a special cuvee that is produced in only the best years. The vines are situated in the heart of Chianti in the Castellina area in Chianti Classico, some 250 meters above sea level, creating the perfect environment for the rich, ripe fruit to develop and then carefully harvested at the optimum condition.
After careful fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 21 days, the wine was aged in oak for a minimum of 2 years, 12 months of which was spent in small oak barriques, then with bottle aging for 3 months before labelling.
A brilliant and intense red fills the glass. The wine has a full and persistent bouquet, characterized by ripe fruits, spice and smoky oak notes. On the palate, the wine delivers concentrated black fruit flavours and has an elegant structure with supple tannins. The wine expresses a serious palate, complex layers of dark fruits and spices give way to hints of earthiness and tobacco all entwined creating a full bodied wine, with a long and persistent finish. Decant for 45-60 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.
Drinking well this winter season; and will age well for another 5-7 years.
Perfect wine match with roast meats, wild game, rich pasta dishes and with aged, hard cheeses, enjoy.
A confident wine with an elegant structure.

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