2017 Gagliole Valletta
2017 Gagliole Valletta This red is made of Merlot and Sangiovese. The wine is an intense ruby red in colour and is characterized by a complex and intriguing range of aromas: ripe black fruit, liquorice, spices and tobacco leaf. On the palate it is silky and enveloping with a fine density and persistence. The finish shows notes of ripe black fruit, liquorice, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Colli Della Toscana
Colli della Toscana Centrale is a key Italian IGT/IGP title which covers, as its name implies, the hills (colli) of central Tuscany. Wines marketed under the title can be red, white or rosé in color. Rosso, Bianco and Rosato blends can feature a wide range of varieties. More than 15 different varieties are permitted for varietal and dual varietal wines. White wines may be made in still or frizzante form. Chardonnay or Vernaccia are among the most common white grapes. In practice, the majority of wines are dry reds. These are made from the classic Tuscan varieties (most obviously Sangiovese), in combination with internationally famous French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
The hills known as the colli della Toscana centrale form the main production area for Chianti. It is not surprising, then, that many of the IGT Rosso wines bear more than a passing resemblance to Italy’s most famous red wine DOCG.
As is the case with the Alta Valle della Greve zone, a number of local producers use the IGT category’s stylistic flexibility to experiment with variations on the Chianti theme. A good example of this is the blending of extra proportions of Merlot and/or Syrah with Sangiovese.
The area covered by this IGT title is relatively large. This is particularly so when compared to the neighbouring Alta Valle della Greve IGT zone. It spreads into five of the provinces that make up the Toscana region.