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Tenuta La Novella 2008

Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

VARIETAL:
80% Sangiovese, 5% Teroldego, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot.
Age of vines: 10 years.
Yield: 35 hl/ha.

VINEYARD:
Farmed organically since 1996, the 12-hectare vineyard is is composed of a mosaic of vine parcels.
The Riserva grape comes from the blocks of Piaggia, Pino, Galestro and Mortaio, clay and schist soil, densely planted (5700 to 6900 vines/ha).

HARVEST:
From 24 September to 28 October 2008

VINIFICATION:
Hand picking, with several selections, in order to harvest only grapes at optimum maturity.
De-stemming, second selection on sorting table. 20 to 30 days of maceraction into the 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 malolactic fermentation.

AGEING:
12 months of ageing in French oak barrels (30% new barrels, 40% one wine, 30% two wines).

TASTING NOTES:
The color is a beautiful deep ruby red.
Expressive nose with aromas of ripe fruit, reveals spicy notes of black pepper and cloves.
Velvety tannins envelop the palate leaving hints of citrus and ripe plums.
It is an intense and persistent wine that leaves a good taste of raspberries and red currants.