The 2011 Geremia, the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, offers tons of energy to balance its dark, inky fruit. Lavender, menthol, melted road tar, sage, crème de cassis and grilled herbs are some of the many signatures. The ripeness and raciness of the year come through in spades, yet there is an element of pulsating intensity in the glass that plays off the more overt elements nicely. This is another superb showing from Rocca di Montegrossi.
Score: 95 points -- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Sept 2015
Marquis Tasting Note:
Gran Selezione is a new quality tier introduced by the Chianti Classico Consorzio in 2014. It is considered somewhat of a controversial subject. The Consorzio say that its purpose was to create a way for higher quality standards to be implemented. The new tier is one step above Riserva and stipulates that no purchased grapes can be used. Minimum alcohol is slightly higher at 13%, compared to 12.5% for Riservas. Only natural yeasts can be used for production and wines must be aged for 30 months, compared to 24 for Riserva (this does not stipulate the methods or vessels for aging).
2011 was an exceptionally hot vintage with some irregular weather patterns. A warm Spring was preceded by a very cold, snow-filled winter. April was quite hot followed by a cool May. This pattern of alternating between hot and cold had a stop-go effect on the vines’ growth, with August bringing record breaking heat. Some grapes seemed prematurely ready causing some to pick at the end of August to prevent sunburn on grapes. The warmth continued through September, meaning sorting tables were busy! Wines are generally richer in style and perhaps best enjoyed earlier rather than later.