Small and medium-sized sangiovese vineyards within Chianti Classico, at Felsina in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Castelnuovo Berardenga lies in the northeast of Siena in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone.
Southwest. From 350 to 420 m in altitude.
Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.
50+ year old vineyards. From the1980s on, the vineyards were re-trained and reorganised in accord with research and experimentation centring on sangiovese as the privileged variety.
Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration.
Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
4,000 cases made.
The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva is host to a beautiful mix of black mineral, fruit, dried mint and eucalyptus. The wine shows elegant evolution in the glass and backs it up with dry, polished tannins. This is a stunning effort available at a reasonable price. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.
This gorgeous Chianti Classico has multifaceted aromas of blue flower, red berry, black plum, spice and a whiff of leather. The structured, juicy palate offers a core of ripe black cherry accented by cinnamon-spice and a touch of mocha alongside firm, polished tannins. It has both structure and finesse and should age beautifully. Drink 2015–2022.
Classicists, on the other hand, will flip out over the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva. Black cherry, plum, smoke and menthol notes all jump out of the glass. The 2010 is translucent yet also rich, powerful and impeccably balanced. Ideally readers should cellar the 2010 for at least a few years, but that is going to be difficult considering how beautiful the wine is today.
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