Barone Francesco Ricasoli is to Chianti Classico as yeast is to bread. His ancestors received the castle of Brolio in the 12th century, and the family has remained there ever since. In 1994, the 32nd Baron Francesco Ricasoli assumed the winemaking operation and achieved great success becoming one of Italy's greatest wine companies. On the nose, lush aromas of red and black cherries with hints of spice and pine. More of the same on the palate, with lots of fruit and a touch of minerality. 90% aged in stainless steel with the remainder aged in large French oak barrels. Great mix with the usual pasta dishes, along with red meat.