Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
80% Sangiovese, 8% Teroldego, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Age of vines : 10 years.
Yield: 35 hl/ha.
Farmed organically since 1996, the 12- hectare vineyard is is composed of a mosaic of vine parcels.
Calcareous and schist soil, densely planted (5700 to 6900 vines/ha).
Hand picking, with several selections, in order to harvest only grapes at optimum maturity.
De-stemming, second selection on sorting table Three weeks of maceraction into vinification vats with very gentle extraction, essentially from punching the cap during the middle of fermentation.
After de-vatting, wines are transferred into barrels for malo-lactic fermentation.
18 months of ageing in French oak barrels (50% new barrels, 25 % one wine, 25% two wines).
Very expressive, thoroughbred nose marked by black fruit, undergrowth and elderflower notes.
Intensely complex aromas of incense and smoke-cured meats are released when aerated.
It fills the mouth massively, with strong, dense tannins balanced by the wine being beautifully fresh.
The aromas apparent to the nose are found again in a long and intense finish.