Vineyard: 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.
Orientation: Southwest. From 350 to 420 m in altitude.
Soil: Quartzitic blue-grey sandstone mixed with sand strata, calcareous alberese mixed with alluvial pebbles.
Viticulture: 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.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 12-15 day maceration.
Aging: Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March-April to small and medium-sized casks for 12 months’ maturation. 3-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
Production: 4,000 cases made.
Publication: Wine Spectator
The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is a wine of increased depth and power. The bouquet is redolent of dark fruit, dried cherry, grilled herbs and moist clay that has been wetted by rain drops. The wine shows power and determination on the close that gives it momentum and persistence. This wine shows good possibility for further evolution in the bottle over the next five years or more.