Tuscany, Italy

  The Cantina dei Vini Tipici dell ‘Aretino is a co-operative which began in 1970 with 57 members and today has over 500 members who own over 800 hectares of specialized vineyards in the province of Arezzo in the countryside of Tuscany. The Cantina lies in the rolling Tuscan hills which are ideally suited to the cultivation of high quality grapes. By law the member vineyards must deliver their entire harvest to the Cantina. None of their grape harvest is kept for their own private sale, hence the quality of the Cantina’s wines is kept at a very high level. The growers of these historic hillsides are very aware that quality pays. All the Chianti from the Cantina is made in the typical Tuscan Governo-style. The grapes are hand picked, exclusively, then accurately sorted into boxes. They are then cold pressed, under temperature-controlled conditions with subsequent prolonged maceration in order to enhance the fragrances and retain the color continuity from the skins. Drawing off (natural decanting) into small stainless steel tanks, successive decanting and the toscano-governo method of adding small amounts of must of unfermented (fresh) slightly withered grapes, second fermentation in oak in underground cellars at a constant temperature, periodic decanting and the successive phase of maturation in Slavonian oak casks, are the typical stages that the Cantina employs in the making of all their Chianti. Shelftalkers   
arentino_ruspanteRuspante Chianti DOCG
It has a persistent and pronounced yet delicately fruity aroma. The taste is pleasing but dry with soft tannins that become velvety with time. The color is ruby red that tends to granite with age. A complement to red meats, pastas, and tasty cheeses. Serve at room temperature
arentino_fonterossoFonterosso Chianti Riserva DOCG
After the traditional hand harvesting and vinification of the grapes, the juice is separated and aged for two years, in four different ways; 20% of the juice goes into small, two year old French Allier barrels of medium toast, 20% goes into small, two year old Missouri Oak barrels of medium toast, 40% goes into medium sized Slavonic oak barrels and 20% is conserved in stainless steel. After this time in wood, the wine is blended together and kept for one month to rest, under temperature control, in stainless steel. This is a prestigious, full bodied, robust wine that can be served on many occasions. A fine complement to roasted and grilled meats, game and seasoned cheeses. Serve at room temperature. To enjoy the optimum flavor, decant for one hour prior to dining.