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Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


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Technical sheet

Type Of Wine: red wine
Vintage: 2013 Other vintages
Appellation:Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)
Winery: Brancaia
Volume: 75cl Other volumes
Grapes: Merlot, Sangiovese
Allergens: Contains Sulfites
Alcohol Vol.: 15%
Brancaia elaborates this Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 (£19.08), a red wine from Chianti Classico with the best sangiovese and merlot grapes from the 2013 vintage and has an alcohol content of 15%. Drinks&Co users rate this red wine with 4 out of 5 points.

Description of Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 (Merlot and Sangiovese)

TASTING NOTES OF Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013:

  • View: intense ruby ​​red.
  • Nose: broad intense and persistent with hints of leather and vanilla, fruit based.
  • Mouth: soft, elegant tannins.

APPELLATION: Chianti Classico.

VINEYARD: Brancaia

GRAPES: 80% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot.

WINE PAIRING: beef, roast beef, stews, grilled fish, grilled and pasta with sauces.



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The Winery



It was in 1981 when the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with the abandoned Brancaia estate (Castellina in Chianti).

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Reviews of Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013


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4 /5

It was 1981 when the Swiss Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with Brancaia (Castellina in Chianti), a company in a state of neglect, and bought. Only two years later, Brancaia was ranked first in a tasting of Chianti Classico and since then has quickly established itself internationally. This has led to a continuous expansion of business, first in 1989 with the purchase of farm Poppi (Radda in Chianti) and then in 1998 with the creation of Brancaia in Maremma, just 10 km from the sea. Since 1998, Barbara Widmer, winemaker and daughter of the owners, is responsible for producing and vines in all three companies, flanked by the enologist Carlo Ferrini. From 2002 to 2014 Martin Barbara Kronenberg has assisted in the management of companies and was responsible for marketing and global distribution. Today Brrancaia is counted among the most important companies in Tuscany and annually receives major awards at national and international level. Its wines are deployed successfully worldwide.
The Brancaia vineyards (Castellina in Chianti), Poppi (Radda in Chianti), and BRANCAIA MAREMMA (Grosseto), belong to the company. The three zones are different in many ways, but they share a common denominator: a passionate team, always looking for the best possible quality. An excellent wine can only be made with better quality grapes. At the same time, nature is a factor that we can not influence or change. We need to understand it, to treat it with respect, relate to it as best as possible. Barbara Widmer lives near the vineyards and inspects them regularly alone, in his spare time, several times a week, and with our agronomist Alessandro Di Late, especially during the harvest. This means that we are constantly informed on the growth and development of plants, and the measures to be taken if necessary. Nevertheless, with our 80 hectares of vineyards we need a lot of careful hands to take care of the work to be performed. Our workers spend in more than 450 hours per hectare fields before the grapes arrive in our cellars. Most of the work is done by hand. All these processes are important quality control, for the benefit of the final result.
The two Brancaia cellars (Chianti Classico and Maremma) are another key factor to produce the highest quality. The two modern buildings, built on three levels, allow to use the force of gravity for transporting the grapes and wine as accurately as possible, avoiding (or minimizing) the use of pumps. The grapes are harvested by hand and after having been stemmed and crushed fall directly into the fermentation vats for gravitational effect. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats truncated cone at a controlled temperature. The traditional replacement on hat has been replaced by a modern fullers system, so as to avoid the use of pumps. All BRANCAIA wines are then aged in barrels and barrels of French oak for 12-20 months. The individual grapes from single vineyards are vinified and aged separately until shortly before bottling, so they can reach their highest potential quality. Our constant attention to quality continues in the bottling of wines, always in top condition and with the best facilities in order to provide a safe and enjoyable product to drink.
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4 /5

A rich, textured wine with layers of black cherry, blackberry, leather, tobacco and dark chocolate Smooth and harmonious with a very long finish
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4 /5

ORIGIN OF NAME: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
GRAPES: Sangiovese 80%, Merlot 20%
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Reviews of other vintages of Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva 201320122009


Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva is produced from the best Sangiovese grapes from Brancaia and Poppi and then blended with a touch of Merlot. The wine ages 16 months in French barriques - half of them are new - and matures for a few months in the bottle, prior to release.
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We had it with a birthday cake. I had it with my friends at home.
Strawberry red colour. Scent of violets and liquorice. This Brancaia Chianti Classico Riserva seemed fairly fresh.
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