“C” grape entries

Canaiolo Nero

Ah, what once was for the Caniolo. Until the 1800s this was one of the greatest Italian grapes, crucial to the success of Italy's greatest wine growing region: Chianti. Still grown in Chianti today (actually required by Italian law to be one of the grapes in every bottle of Chianti) the Canaiolo has taken a back seat to the Sangiovese. It does not graft well, so moving it can be a problem, but it is a high-producer and is very resistant to disease. The problem lies in the soft and neutral flavors found in too many Canaiolos. The best can be a nice combination of very ripe strawberries and leather, but the worst are used to soften the Chianti and not much else.

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