I am happy to be presenting the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva. All too often wines that are available to me, may not be available to every reader that drops by the website. That is a healthy thing in terms of wine diversity, but an obstacle in sharing a common bond with readers. The Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is a wine that is available in many markets and is worth writing about.
I have a long standing appreciation for Chiantis. When done right they are a marriage between rustic and elegant, when they fail they are burdensome, wood-soaked grape candy. Rocca gets it right, and delivers the goods at a good price.
On the Nose the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is reminiscent of the Arab inspired architecture you see in old Italy. The scents of Arabic hookah shops wafts tobacco and fruit. Into the Gulp the dry texture tempers your mouth for slow released apricot and blackberry. The flavours are in no rush to develop or dissipate. This is a well aged wine and the wood is more than a passenger, it drives the bus, and yet the fruit is does get noticed due to its elegance more than power.
I do find myself drinking less wine that leads with the oak like this Rocca Chianti, but coming back to this bottle reminds me why I have carried a torch for Chianti for such a long time.
Musical Match: Gregorian Chant ensembles are at their best when they sound like they have spent lots of time in underground old world vaults. This wine does put its time spent in old world vaults to good use. The wine itself is more hypnotic than exciting and it really does make you feel like you are enjoying a pleasure that goes back through the centuries. The 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico offers good value.