Archive for November, 2009
Near a town made famous by the great Leonardo da Vinci, a modern-day renaissance is underway. The Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, an innovative winemaker and grower’s cooperative, is producing a masterpiece in the historic region of Chianti. “These wines are the best of two worlds,” says winemaker Alberto Antonini, “a pleasing balance of classical tradition and cutting-edge technology. The end result is soft, fruit-forward Chianti more appealing to today’s tastes.” Truer words, perhaps, were never spoken. Da Vinci Chianti and Pinot Grigio reflect a local commitment to quality that goes back to Leonardo’s time.
Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci, located in the heart of the Chianti region was founded in 1961. It is located in the Tuscan town of Vinci, nestled between Florence, Pisa, and Siena in the Montalbano region of Chianti. As a grower’s cooperative with over 500 hectares (1,236 acres) under vine throughout the Chianti Region, it sources only the finest grapes from premium Chianti and Chianti Classico vineyards. The result is premium, concentrated fruit which is then skillfully crafted into distinctive Chianti by renowned Italian winemaker Alberto Antonini.
The Da Vinci Chianti is deep crimson in color with aromas of cherries and red fruit balanced by soft, round tannins. We found this wine at Trader Joe’s for about $10. It may be the softest best tasting Chianti we ever tried, and is a tremendous value at that price. Da Vinci also makes Chianti Classico, Reserva, and Brunello. We hope to find them and try them all.