STORY: Can drinking a good Chianti transport you to Italy and enchanting Tuscany? Why not give it a try with a bottle of La Moto Chianti Riserva. If you guessed that “Riserva” is Italian for “Reserve,” you would be correct! See - You’re already speaking Italian!!!
Some of the first things you would notice upon arriving in Tuscany are the five symbols of that region - the Cyprus trees standing tall on the sides of the roads, bright fields of poppies glowing like fire in the sun, olive groves with their twisted branches and silvery leaves, golden sunflowers, and of course, the vineyards.
Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. As one local winemaker said, “In Tuscany all we have is the land, the weather, the food, and the wine.” And perhaps, you’d think, looking out, over the land, what else is there? Because really that’s what life is all about (or should be). These things, and of course, friends and family to enjoy them with. As James Joyce, the Irish writer put it, “What is better than to sit at the end of a day and drink some good wine with a friend… “
And for that, you might want to choose a special bottle of Chianti, the heart and soul of Tuscany, like this La Moto Chianti Riserva. The “Riserva” on the shows that this is, indeed, special - a wine that stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Here in the Chianti region of Tuscany, the wine is made with food in mind, as it has been for centuries. It is at the table where these wines come into their own and can be truly appreciated. As the simple fare of Tuscany evolved over the years, so has the wine.
No other wine in Italy has a tradition as fascinating as that of Chianti. The Chianti region continues to reinvent itself by experimenting with varietals such as Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot, yet remains faithful to producing the traditional Chianti which has been made and marketed since the years of the patriarchal Florentine families of the 16th century. This is certainly true of this La Moto Chianti Riserva, which is based on the traditional Chianti grapes Sangiovese and Canaiolo, which a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is a Chianti of depth and complexity, traditional and yet contemporary, easy to drink and fabulous with almost any food.
Gather some friends around the table, open of bottle of La Moto Chianti Riserva, and transport yourselves to Tuscany.
DESCRIPTION: La Moto Chianti Riserva is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are specially selected, reflecting the quality required to receive the “Riserva” designation. The wine is aged for 2 years in oak barrels, followed by additional aging in the bottle. This produces a wine with a complex aroma and a refined finish. La Moto Chianti Riserva is also a great candidate for additional bottle aging, and is at its best 6 to 12 years after vintage.
TASTE: Pour La Moto Chianti Riserva into your glass - notice its intense ruby-red color , and swirl to release a lovely and complex bouquet – scents of violets, the characteristic of Sangiovese grapes, fruity overtones of black cherries from the Caniolo, and dark chocolate, from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The cherry and dark chocolate carries through into the taste as well – this is a balanced and structured wine, intense yet smooth, with all the flavors in harmony, as befits a chianti with the “Riserva” designation.
FOOD MATCHING: La Moto Chianti Riserva is the perfect wine to serve with grilled meat, roast chicken or roast pork (arosto di maiale in Italy), pasta with rich tomato sauces or meat ragus, and of course Tuscan dishes such as la ribolitta (a rich and comforting vegetable soup with bread).
Or whip up a simple Tuscan bean salad – cannoli beans in olive oil with a generous amount of garlic, tomatoes, pepper and herbs - parsley, thyme, basil…. Let this “steep” for several hours to flavor the oil. Serve with Tuscan bread for dipping into that savory oil! Bring this to the pot luck with your La Moto Chianti Riserva and stand-by for compliments.