WINE TASTING SIENA
One of the largest and most interesting of the seven Chianti subzones is the Chianti Colli Senesi which has the special Italian quality designation called DOCG (controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin). This is a Siena wine region whose area lies entirely within the province. According to their consortium website, this wine is produced in 15 of the Province of Siena’s 35 municipalities including the following near Ripostena: Siena, San Gimignano, Colle Val d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, and Poggibonsi. Each new vintage can be sold from March 1st of the year after it is harvested. There is also a Riserva wine that must be aged 8 months in wood and then 4 months in the bottle before being sold. The most important grape variety in this wine is Sangiovese (the same grape that makes all Chianti wines as well as Brunello!), in fact consortium rules state that the wine must be 75% Sangiovese. The remaining 15% can be from other local red grape varieties such as Canaiolo nero, Colorino and Ciliegiolo or up to 10% international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.