Medium Body, Fruity (Sangiovese). DOCG. Alc 13.5%.
96/99 Luca Maroni; 99/99 “Best Producer 2020” Luca Maroni.
Fans of Sangiovese ... now for something very different! This wine uses part-dried grapes. Think of it as a richer, fruitier Chianti with almost an appassimento character.
WINERY NOTES: Deeply bright red colour with complex and structured bouquet. Blackberries and forest berries are pronounced on the nose, while a hint of violet and ethereal balsamic scents lingers in the background. On the palate it's fruity and round, with well-balanced tannins. It's the perfect complement to tasty pasta dishes, roasted red meats and game of all kind.
'Governo' derives from the verb 'govern' (in Italian - governare), frequently used in Tuscan tradition to denote something that was "created in a certain way". ... This term is strictly connected to the peasant tradition when the wine was made in small cellars and there wasn't enough space to ferment the grapes - harvested in different period - in separate vats. Doing so, more than 2 fermentation processes could happen. ... Today, everything is different and studied to obtain the best results that this Governo method could give to the winemaker. The result is a full-bodied wine with over-ripe notes perfectly and harmoniously married with the fresh wine's fruity scents.
NB: This wine can sometimes be found with slightly different spellings/labels, for example on Vivino. It can also be found listed under the LINE of Duca Di Saragnano*, as opposed to the ESTATE of Barbanera. See the links below to read more on this wine:
- VIVINO link 1 "Chianti Governo"
- VIVINO link 2 "D.d.S. Governo"
* What’s in a name? In the case of the Barbanera family’s winery they chose to pay respect to a great legend whose descendant became a close friend of Luigi Barbanera (father of Marco and Paolo who now run the estate). The original Duca di Saragnano came from Campania but fled north to Tuscany, around the 10th Century, as foreign invaders took over much of southern Italy. The Duca di Saragnano was remembered as “amongst the bravest and noblest local defenders” of the Italian land, who “fought valiantly” against the aggressors. Centuries later the inheritor of the title ‘Duca di Saragnano’ met the Barbanera family, who had started out in 1938 with home-produced olive oil, cheeses, cured meat and wine, and granted the use of the prestigious name as “a token of his esteem”.
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