Classico

($6.50/$16/$14.40)

Complex blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged 23 months in oak barrels. Compare to your favorite Chianti Reserve.

The Story

THE GRAPES:

  • Classico is a red wine blend made from vinifera grapes – Sangiovese (Clone
    VCR 6), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All of these red grapes are grown here
    at ARV. The 2015 vintage contains a small amount of Petit Verdot which is a
    French varietal grown at our Woodfield vineyard.
  • The grape clone of Sangiovese used in Classico is smaller in size than the
    clones used in Good Karma, producing richer colors, dark red currant flavors and
    more tannin.

THE WINE:

  • The grapes are all fermented separately by variety in small 1 ton bins. When
    fermentation is done, the wine is removed from the grapes solids by press and
    the separate wines are placed into new and once used Hungarian and American
    oak barrels to age for 23 months. The wines are blended about 1 year into the
    aging process.
  • In vintages when the blend has more Sangiovese, the wine is more like a red
    Chianti wine (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 are good examples). In vintages when
    the blend is equal parts Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon the wine is heavier
    and more like a Super Tuscan (2007, 2010 and 2013) (Super Tuscan is the term
    used to describe wines crafted in Tuscany outside of the allowed rules governing
    the production of Chianti wines – they often include blending in non-
    traditional/non-Italian grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot).
  • Great wine to drink with any Italian specialties.
  • It should be served at room temperature of 65-70 degrees. It is about 12.5-13%
    alcohol.

THE NAME:

  • The name is a nod to the Chianti Classico wine this blend takes its inspiration
    from.

Recipes

Wild Boar Bolognese

Ingredients

1 pound wild boar shoulder or leg, cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces
1 rosemary sprig, torn in half
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 cups Chianti or other red wine, or as needed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 small celery stalk, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup canned tomatoes, with their liquid
2 cups vegetable stock or water
Tagliatelle or other pasta, for serving

Directions
-The night before making the ragù place the meat in a bowl with the rosemary, peppercorns, garlic and enough wine to cover. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

-Discard the rosemary and garlic. Drain the meat in a strainer set over a bowl, reserving the wine. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering, and add the carrot, celery and onion. Sauté until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

-Add the meat and cook, stirring frequently, until all the liquid released by the meat has evaporated and the meat is browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the reserved wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is dry, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Add 1 cup water, reduce heat to very low, and cook, partly covered, at a low simmer for 1 hour.

-Add vegetable stock and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat begins to break apart, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove from heat and, using a whisk or spoon, break the meat into very fine shreds. Serve, if desired, over tagliatelle or other pasta.

Visit our outlet partner, Holy Tomato and try pairing Classico with their Chicago Pie!

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