Subtle in its expression, this takes some time to open up, then reveals decisive fennel, red plum, white pepper and lavender. Velvety fruit is ripe yet crunchy, punctuated by herbal notes, while the discreet powdery tannins are youthful and grapey in natural. Modest yet delicious. Michaela Morris, May 2021
The Chianti Classico label features the Commenda di SantEufrosino, the second of four churches built within the citys walls. Attributed to Italian architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472), the church was built in 1443 by request of the Canigiani family who lived in Volpaia. One of the family members wished to join the Knights of Malta, a religious order and military brotherhood ruled by a Grand Master that answered only to the Pope. The Knights of Malta required that the Canigianis build a church in Volpaia before joining the religious order. The Commenda was deconsecrated in 1932 and declared a national monument in 1981. For 13 years, until 1993, the Commenda housed a renowned art collection. The Commenda is now used for dinners, tastings and other events and its basement contains one of Volpaias barrel-aging cellars.
Vineyards: Campo a Pitti, Casavecchia, Casetto, Castellino, Campo a Prato, Montanino, Pratolino, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria Novella, Vignavecchia
Cultivation: Certified organic
Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Vine Age: Planted 1972-2004
Soil: All vineyards have light soil consisting of sandstone except Castellino and Santa Maria Novella, which are composed of clay, and Montanino, which is composed of sandstone and clay.
Elevation: On slopes between 397-570 meters (1,300-1,870 feet)
Exposure: A range of southern exposures
Density: 2,564-5,682 vines/hectare (1,038-2,306 vines/acre)
A hot March was followed by a very cold and wet April and May. Good weather started on June 10 and continued through the end of the month, with early July very hot and dry. The heat was sometimes intense from mid-July to the end of August, with occasional rain that kept the soil suitably wet. Through September and the first half of October the weather was mostly beautiful, interspersed with rainfalls.
Harvest Date(s): September 24 - October 11
Barrel Aging: 12 months in large casks
TA: 5.5 g/L
RS: 0.6 g/L
The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and a strong nose of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish.
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The hilltop village of Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence-Siena border. Its medieval layout and buildings are still intact and part of the original outside walls and two of its six towers are still standing, making Volpaia one of the best-preserved walled villages of its period. Nine centuries after Volpaia was built, Raffaello Stianti purchased a portion of the estate in 1966 and when his adored his daughter, Giovannella, married Carlo Mascheroni in 1972 he presented them with the estate as a wedding gift. Today, the couple is joined by their two children, Nicolo and Federica, and the family is considered one of Italy's leaders in organic viticulture and farming. In 2008 the family unveiled its second organically farmed venture, Prelius, on Tuscany's gold coast.
Vineyards, Philosophies: One of the highest-elevation winery in the Chianti area, Castello di Volpaia owns 46 hectares (114 acres) of vineyards, which are situated at 450 to 600 meters (1,300 to 2,130 feet) on the southern hillsides leading up to the village.
Volpaia is committed to organic farming practices in all of its estate vineyards and complies with all of the organic viticulture legislation in the production of its wines.