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I Love Organic Wine - A Moderate Priced Chianti

We have reviewed many Italian wines and at least two Chiantis, one that cost about $20 and another at half the price. As you may well know, Chianti has evolved over the years and what was once considered a mere table wine now shares Italy's top wine designation with both great and not so great wines. This Chianti is not traditional; it comes from organic grapes and is not aged in barrels. Furthermore, it is Certified Organic by the Italian agency ICEA, Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification).

The producer La Castellaccia is located in Tuscany halfway between Florence and Sienna. They use organic fertilizer and the grapes are hand picked. Check out their website for more information on their production process. Interestingly enough these people also run a stud farm for a horse breed that originated in Turkmenistan.

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed La Castellaccia Chianti Colli Senesi 2007

13.7% alcohol about $15.50

Let's start by quoting the marketing materials.

Description: Our Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined this wine contains 25 mg/L of free sulphur.

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