Damiani Chianti Profile
Posted on 18 January 2015
Madonninia del Chiaro, or Damiani, specializes in limited production Tuscan wines. The grapes are meticulously and delicately processed to create very distinct wines. By law, a Chianti must contain at least 75% Sangiovese grapes in order to be classified as such. Chiantis typically have cherry and plum aromas with a slightly spicy flavor. The Chianti is made from select Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino grapes, which are harvested by hang in September and October. Grapes are picked when the fragrance, sweetness and skins' poly-phenol levels are just right. The vinification process is traditional and lasts seven to 12 days. Special care is taken in soaking the skins, as it is a delicate process. Fermentation of the grapes transforms the Chianti into a harmonious and complete wine. The refinement period is quite lengthy since the Chianti is bottled within six months of harvest to preserve its original characteristics. The color is a brilliant and lively ruby red. The aroma of the Chianti is intense, fresh and persistent, similar to a grape still on the vine. The flavor is soft and balanced with an aftertaste that recalls the aromas of fermentation. The Chianti pairs well with pasta with tomato sauces like lasagna and roast beef.