2019 Ottomani Chianti Classico DOCG
Hailing from 30-year-old vines, this Sangiovese is classic, earthy, and wonderfully smoky. For us, this is the ultimate “red sauce” wine – pizza, pasta, chicken parm, you name it.
Biodynamic/organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered and vegan-friendly!
- Tasting Notes red cherry, red plum, sweet smoke, potpourri, dried oregano, leather, espresso bean, tobacco
- Variety Sangiovese
- Region Italy, Tuscany
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 13.5%
- Table Talk This label stands for the 8 hands and 4 friends who bought a farm together outside of Florence and started Ottomani in 2006.
We first discovered Ottomani in 2019 at one of the largest international wine trade shows in Veneto called Vinitaly. With over 4,000 wineries present, we found comfort in the “organic tent” knowing we were going to be tasting wines made by like-minded individuals. We found Ottomani on the second day of the tradeshow and were initially struck by their olive oil. The depth and concentration of flavor blew our minds. The wine came next and it was just as impressive and pure as the olive oil with balance and an incredible sense of place.
Ottomani was started in 2006 by four friends who met studying enology at the University of Florence. Post-graduation and various jobs later, they found a dream farm for sale in Chianti Colli Fiorentini D.O.C.G. Today the four friends live and work together on their 100% self-sustaining farm. In the beginning, they worked hard to recover old vines and preserve local indigenous grape varieties by using biodynamic farming practices and vinification techniques. They decided from the very beginning not to use synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers, but to work exclusively with “sustainable” agronomic methods for the environment. The farm is 100% solar-powered, has its own water well, various livestock on the property, a vineyard, olive tree orchard and an abundant vegetable & herb garden.
“The importance we attach to the agronomic part is fundamental to the agricultural vision we have.”
Sangiovese is Italy’s most planted grape varietal and can taste quite different throughout, depending on the region it is grown in. It is the key grape variety of Tuscany’s distinguished Chianti and Montalcino regions. Sangiovese is generally higher in acidity with hints of local earth and herbs including roasted tomato, balsamic and oregano making this wine a great match for you guessed it: tomato sauce. It is sure to stand up beautifully with your home-cooked Italian meal. AKA “Prugnolo Gentile” in the Montepulciano region within Italy.
Tuscany, within Central Italy, lies on the western side of the country. Tuscany is famous for its rolling hills, the popular region of Chianti and the black grape variety, Sangiovese. Sangiovese wines here usually produce high levels of acidity and tannin with aromas of red cherry, plum, and died herbs. Sangiovese does so well throughout Tuscany as it needs a warm climate to ripen fully. Designated regions to keep an eye out for are Chianti DOCG, Chianti Classico DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. Additionally, Bolgheri DOC, for bold reds from the coast of Central Italy.