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Castello di Meleto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico

Castello di Meleto
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750 mL
Wine Type
White Dessert Wine
RegionTuscany
Alcohol Level
Country
Italy
SubregionVin Santo del Chianti Classico
Drinking Window
GrapesMalvasiaTrebbianoSangiovese
Wine Description:
Crafted from Trebbiano, Sangiovese, and Malvasia, this Italian gem hails from Meleto and S.Piero vineyards, perched 400 meters above sea level and planted between 1972 and 1974. With 3,500-5,000 vines per hectare, yields reach 6 tons (Trebbiano/Malvasia) and 5 tons (Sangiovese). The Guyot-trained vines undergo a meticulous harvest and natural withering, followed by fermentation and aging in mixed wood casks for 4-5 years. The result is an amber elixir boasting dried fruits, honey, apricot, vanilla, and spice notes. Its full, velvety palate showcases great structure, roundness, and a lingering finish, beautifully balanced with acidity. Read more
Pros:
  • Rich and complex flavor profile
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Cons:
  • May be too sweet for some palates

User Rating:

4.2
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Expert Rating:

3.8

Wine Expert Note:

Castello di Meleto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is a delightful and complex wine that hails from the renowned Chianti Classico region in Italy. On the nose, this wine offers a captivating bouquet of dried apricots, honey, and toasted almonds. These aromas intertwine harmoniously, creating a sense of warmth and richness. The palate is equally impressive, with luscious flavors of caramelized figs, orange marmalade, and a hint of vanilla. The wine's sweetness is beautifully balanced by a vibrant acidity, which adds a refreshing touch to the overall experience. The texture of Castello di Meleto Vin Santo del Chianti Classico is velvety and smooth, coating the palate with its luxurious presence. The finish is long and lingering, leaving behind a delightful aftertaste that invites you to savor every sip. This wine is a perfect companion to a variety of desserts, such as almond biscotti or crème brûlée. Its complexity and depth make it a wonderful choice for special occasions or as a luxurious treat to indulge in. Read more
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Wine sweetness is a measure of the amount of sugar present in a wine. Sweetness in wine can range from bone dry (no sugar present) to lusciously sweet (high sugar content). Sweetness is usually determined by the variety and ripeness of the grapes used, as well as the winemaking process.
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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