Chianti Classico
D.O.C.G. Annata

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Grape Varieties

95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot

Altitude

200-310 meters above sea level

Soil

Alberese limestone and red clay

Training System

Spurred cordon system, 5.000 plants per hectare

Yiels Per Hectare

5.5 tons of grapes to hectare

Harvest

Middle October, harvest by hand

Vinification

After a soft pressing, the vinification takes place in stainless steel at a set temperature of 25 °C. The maceration is short, within one week.

Ageing

The ageing process lasts 12 months; half of the wine ages in a 38 hl. French oak barrels, the other half, in a steel barrel

Bottle Ageing

6 months

Size

0,75 lt, 0,375 lt, 1,5 lt

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Tasting notes and food pairings

This wine has an intense and vivid ruby red colour, a typical young Sangiovese aroma, with red fruits like cherries, floral notes like violet and peony, and a light aroma of bergamot zest. The sip is fresh and velvety, and all the aromas recognized by the nose correspond harmoniously on the palate. Intense and juicy, easy to drink. The final is soft and pleasantly sapid, with delicate mature tannin. It is the most representative wine of the Chianti Classico region.

Ideal with the Tuscan cuisine dishes such slices of grilled bread and meat pâté, or crock pot French onion soup

Vintages

It will be remembered as an excellent vintage for the Chianti Classico, with a fairly harsh winter in the first part of the year and a consequent lengthening of the vegetative cycle of the plant.
February and March were rather dry with no rain. Fortunately the rain was abundant in our area in April and May, so as to balance a summer that was hot, dry and sunny but with sporadic precipitation at the end of July and in the second part of August.
Sunny September days preceded the harvest. Strong temperature changes were recorded which favoured phenolic maturities, guaranteeing an extraordinary polyphenolic potential.

In this vintage we produced: Chianti Classico DOCG, Riserva di Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Torriano DOCG, Campo all’Albero IGT

The 2018 vintage was fairly regular. The rain and temperatures in the first part of the winter caused a start of bud break in line with the historical average. In some vineyards budding started slightly earlier than a week.
In spring there were frequent precipitations which guaranteed correct water supplies for the subsequent ripening phases. However, the wet weather combined with the slightly lower spring temperatures also led to a small slowdown on the vegetative phase.

The summer months were generally dry and quite hot, but without prolonged and harmful thermal peaks. The maturation was optimal and benefited from dry winds and sporadic rains at the end of September, needed to end the phenolic maturation of some vineyards.

In this vintage we produced: Chianti Classico DOCG, Riserva di Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Torriano DOCG, Campo all’Albero IGT.

A vintage that will be remembered for temperature above the seasonal averages in spring and summer. Also characterised by a rather cold winter that limited harmful insects.
Unfortunately, there was a sudden return of cold in April that partially compromised the quantitative yield of some vineyards. However, the frost spared the best plots, which resulted in certainly lower yields but of a very high quality.
The following ripening period was rather hot and dry and it was finally able to benefit from the rains in September which rebalanced the situation of drought that was beginning to occur in some soils.
Once again, the careful knowledge of the vineyards, the precise agronomic choices such as not to defoliate to limit the insolation of the bunches and finally the selection of the grapes during the harvesting proved to be decisive in a certainly complex vintage.

To safeguard the quality and the style of our wines, we only produced: Riserva di Chianti Classico DOCG, Campo all’Albero IGT.

Autumn and winter were characterised by low rainfall, but still sufficient to guarantee the right water reserves for the plants. The spring of 2016 began with good weather, favouring an early germination of about 13 days before compared to the average of the Montefiridolfi vineyards.

The second half of May and first half of June saw cool temperatures and some precipitation. It followed a rather hot summer, but without heat peaks to compromise the correct ripening conditions. In fact, the vegetative-productive balance remained excellent, favouring the ripening of the grapes.
The latter part of September was a somewhat rainy with day/night temperature variations that were very beneficial for a truly well-balanced vintage.

In this vintage we produced: Chianti Classico DOCG, Riserva di Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Torriano DOCG, Campo all’Albero IGT.

Awards

Falstaff – 93 pt

James Suckling – 91 pt

Wine Spectator – 92 pt

Luca Maroni – 95 pt

Gilbert & Gaillard – 90 pt

Falstaff – 91 pt

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