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Go-to-Wine Tuesday: Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2011

Posted on | April 29, 2014 | Written by Camacho Vidal | No Comments

le_cortiI always like a wine with a story; I enjoy it more when I know about the history behind a wine. Last time Sergio was in town, we tasted through a slew of wines for the showroom—all our Italian wine selections are tasted and approved by Sergio to ensure that we are representing the best quality wines possible. One of the wines that he approved was the Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2011. This is a perfect wine for easy enjoyable drinking at a great value $24.99.

This wine comes from one of Italy’s noble families, and is rich with history. Originally from Poggibonsi, a small town in the province of Siena, the Corsini family came to Florence at the end of the twelfth century. Initially they were merchants, and then they became bankers, sometimes finding their way into political and religious careers. Their family ancestors include a pope (Pope Clement XII in the eighteenth century) and a saint (Sant’Andrea Corsini in the fourteenth century). I recommend looking up the winery and reading up on the family’s rich history.

Fast forward to the present. The Le Corti winery has been a part of Prince Corsini’s property since 1427, and the estate is now in the hands of Duccio Corsini, the heir to the title of tenth Prince of Sismano. In total, the property consists of 632 acres, of which 121 acres are vineyards and 180 acres are dedicated to olive groves. The Prince has stated that he tries to create wines that are sophisticated and elegant, seductive yet simple, and, above all, wines to be enjoyed. The Prince prides himself on using traditional methods of winemaking, including relying only on natural rainfall and snowfall for irrigation and harvesting by hand.

When you take the first sniff of this wine you can tell the commitment the prince has given his wines. Composed of 95% Sangiovese, and 5% Canaiolo and Colorino, all indigenous to the Chianti region, the fruit is fermented for 28 days at temperature-controlled open-air tanks with indigenous yeast. The wine is then aged for 12 months in cement vats and large wood casks before bottling.

Beautiful ruby red in color, this wine shows a super elegant Sangiovese nose with bright red cherry, and at first sip some mineral and caramel; then with twirling of the glass to aerate, earth and fruitti di bosco notes come out. On the palate it has silky mellow tannins with great balance of fruit and acidity that is quite refreshing and lingers on the finish. There are few wines that show true typical Chianti, and this is one of the best expressions within the price point.


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