Casa Emma

Domenico Valentino presents three wines from Chianti Classico

As we settle into October, the staff at Domenico Valentino have been enjoying some heartier meals, the kind of dishes which require a strong wine to match. We certainly loves a robust red in the cooler moths, and in times like these, one at an affordable price. If you feel the same way look no further than Casa Emma. The Tuscan winery produce these three modern classics which are available for tasting by appointment next week.

If you are interested in these wines and wish to arrange a tasting, please call 718-902-1140 or email info@domenicovalentino. Our full portfolio is available at www.domenicovalentino.com, and more details are to be found on our blog.

Casa Emma
Located in Barberino Val d’Elsa on the western edge of the Chianti Classico zone, the Buccalossi family acquired the Casa Emma estate in 1972 from Florentine noblewoman Emma Bizzarri, to whose name the company obviously remains connected. Today, around the hills of San Donato in Poggio, the company cultivates Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Merlot at 1,300 feet above sea level – an elevation which results in a longer growing season and increased aromas in the fruit. Owner Fiorella Lepri and renowned enologist Carlo Ferrini employ certain modern vinification techniques, to produce the best possible expression of Casa Emma’s terroir and some of the finest Chianti we’ve tasted.

Chianti Classico 2005
This classic expression of the appellation is intended for drinking right away: judicious aging in new wood allows for gentle oxygenation of the wine, thus helping the tannins to mellow and the fruit to show beautifully. This Chianti Classico, with its bright acidity and red fruit in the mouth, will pair well with a wide variety of dishes.

Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
Casa Emma’s Chianti Classico Riserva is made using Sangiovese grapes, with smaller amounts of Malvasia Nera added. The most “classic” of Casa Emma’s wines, this Chianti benefits greatly from the high altitude: all of Casa Emma’s vineyards lie above 400 meters a.s.l. The cooler evening temperatures are a key element in the winery’s ability to achieve Sangiovese with immense
aging potential.

Soloìo 2004
Casa Emma’s Soloìo is made from 100% Merlot grapes grown in one of the winery’s most prized vineyard sites. 18 months of gentle oxygenation in French oak bring out the lush, opulent fruit and chocolate flavors of this truly decadent wine. Soloìo is a great pairing for winter roasts and stews and a fantastic gift idea for “trophy wine” lovers. 2004 was an excellent vintage in Chianti Classico and this wine will drink well for the next 5-10 years.

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