"Beautiful depth to this Chianti Classico with cherry, wet earth and mushroom aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, tight and lightly chewy with firmness and focus. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, November 2019
Our Chianti Classico Riserva is crafted from exceptional parcels from estate vineyards - a deep, ruby red color, this wine offers lovely red fruity notes coming led with hints of strawberries, citrus and tobacco. Same flavors extend to the fruit-filled palate with additional earthy and spicy notes, firm tannins balanced by fresh acidity and good complexity. Serve with roasted red meats, game with rich sauces, aged cheeses and more.
The 2016 vintage was excellent for the grapes brought to the cellars of our Chianti estates. The grapes were healthy and nicely rich in extract thanks to the fairly regular weather conditions, which gave us well-structured wines. 2016 was a generally normal year, without health issues for the vineyards. Steady warm weather without peaks of excessive heat in the final month maintained the balance and helped the grapes to ripen perfectly without overmaturation. The summer was excellent overall, with little rain and high temperatures in July and August, but above all, marked temperature variation at night, which should translate to wines with high quality aromas and acidity.
Only the finest grapes from our estate vineyards are selected for our Riserva. Fruit parcels from different sites underwent separate ferments and aging, providing winemaker Federico Cerelli with an enticing range of flavors and textures to work with. Fermentations took place on the skins in small stainless steel tanks which were monitored individually. Punch downs and delestages were enlisted according to each must. To help round out the wine while retaining optimal acidity and freshness, all of the juice underwent a secondary natural malolactic fermentation - half in stainless steel and the balance in neutral French oak.10 months in French oak casks (15HL to 30HL) and small barrels (225L)- with only 10% new oak. The wine underwent an additional 12 months of bottle maturation prior to release.
|Blend||95% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot|