Sunday, 22 April 2012

Leonardo Chianti DOCG 2010

It is not easy to find a good bottle of Chianti in Corralejo. Once again, Marumba to the rescue. This wine from Cantine Leonardo da Vinci comes in a traditional straw-covered fiasco and is made of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% “other red grapes”. On a pricey side (about €11) but thoroughly enjoyable.

According to Wikipedia, there was no wine area called Chianti until 1716, and the recipe of the tipple as we know it did not exist until 1872. (It was created by Baron Bettino Ricàsoli, the future Prime Minister of Italy, who recommended 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca.) That means, it is unlikely that Leonardo ever tried it. I think he would approve.

More photos of red wine @ Shutterstock.

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