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Barone Ricasoli : CeniPrimo Gran Selezione 2020

Barone Ricasoli : CeniPrimo Gran Selezione 2020

Gran Selezione - - - Red - See details
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Review by Robert Parker
Wine SpectatorWine Spectator94/100
J. SucklingJ. Suckling97/100


The balance and richness of a Tuscan red wine

The estate

A historic Tuscan family, the Ricasolis trace their origins back to the 7th century. In 1141 that the history of the Ricasoli family became intertwined with that of the vine. Written records show that the family already owned Brolio Castle at that time, making Barone Ricasoli the oldest wine estate in Italy. They were visionaries, exporting their wines beyond Italy's borders from the 1600s onwards, and in 1867 the Brolio cuvée won a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition. This quest for innovation continued unabated until, in 1872, a key figure in the family, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, took part in the birth of a legend in Italian winegrowing by creating the first production rule for Chianti. Today, the Barone Ricasoli estate covers 1,200 hectares, including just over 240 hectares of vines, making it the largest vineyard in the region.

The vineyard

Barone Ricasoli's CeniPrimo Gran Selezione 2020 is a Tuscan wine from a 6.35 hectare vineyard planted in 1998 at an altitude of 300 metres in the southernmost part of the estate. Facing south-west, this vineyard is situated on poor soil made up of silty deposits and clay from an ancient river terrace dating back to the Pleistocene era. These characteristics, combined with excellent exposure, create a unique terroir that gives the wine its complexity and structure.

The vintage

This Chianti Classico wine had a mild winter and low rainfall at the start of the year. Spring continued with average temperatures and little rain. Summer was particularly hot, with temperatures in excess of 30°C and virtually no rain. October brought cool nights and some welcome rainfall, helping to produce a high-quality harvest.

Winemaking and ageing

The grapes are destemmed and then placed in vats at a temperature of between 24 and 27°C to begin fermentation. After a maceration phase lasting 14 to 16 days, this Chianti Classico wine is aged for 22 months in new barrels (30%) and one-wine barrels (70%).

Grape variety

Sangiovese (100%)

Characteristics and tasting tips for CeniPrimo Gran Selezione 2020 from Barone Ricasoli


The wine has a deep ruby colour.

The nose unveils aromas of ripe red fruit, subtly mingled with spicy notes.

The palate is beautifully balanced, promising silky tannins and a lingering, fruity finish. 

To serve

For the best tasting, this wine should be served at between 16 and 18°C.

Food and wine pairing

This wine pairs perfectly with Tuscan dishes, Florentine steak or osso bucco.

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