12 Oct Please The Palate Wine of the Week: I Veroni 2020 I Domi Chianti Rùfina DOCG
Chianti, a popular wine beloved by novices and experts alike, is the largest wine district in the world. Within Chianti, there are eight sub-regions and the two most important are Chianti Classico and Chianti Rùfina. It is in Chianti Rùfina that I Veroni is located and it is the I Veroni 2020 I Domi Chianti Rùfina DOCG that is the Please The Palate wine of the week.
Chianti Rùfina is located east of Florence and is the smallest subregion of Chianti. It is located in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. Unlike other areas in Chianti that are hot, Chianti Rùfina benefits from altitude (vineyards sit as high as 1600 feet above sea level) and proximity to the Mediterranean coast. Cool winds and diurnal temperature variation result in wines that are elegant with fresh acidity and age ability.
As a small region, there are only 25 companies in Rùfina and I Veroni is one of them. I Veroni is one of oldest wineries of Tuscany. The company was founded three hundred years ago and has been owned by the Mariani family since 1897 but the property has been an agricultural property dating back to 1582.
I Veroni has 173 acres, 50 of which are planted with vineyards. They also have 4000 olive trees and are certified organic.
I Domi is a traditional wine produced by I Veroni since 1957. Sourced from a single 20-year-old vineyard, the wine is made with Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino and is aged for one year in big Slavonian oak. I Domi, the name of the vineyard, comes from the name of the top of the water wells found throughout the property.
Chianti wines are often known for the drinkability, affordability, and flavor profile that includes red cherry fruit, herbal notes, and a touch of earth. I Veroni 2020 I Domi Chianti Rùfina DOCG is a perfect example. Retailing for approximately $16, it is an very approachable, very enjoyable, easy-drinking wine. The wine has notes of red fruit, blueberry, and blackberry, as well as savory spice and herb notes. On the palate, the smooth and elegant wine is young with fresh acidity and has soft drying tannins. This is perfect wine to enjoy with a charcuterie plate any day of the week.