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.
"Cherry, walnut and stone aromas and flavors. Medium body. Firm, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold."
"Black-skinned berry, violet, new leather and tobacco aromas are front and center. Reflecting the nose, the smooth, approachable palate doles out juicy Marasca cherry, ripe plum, nutmeg and a hint of licorice framed in polished, pliant tannins. Drink through 2024."
"Pure and focused, featuring black cherry and black currant fruit, accented by mineral, earth and subtle wild herb elements. Elegant and intense, with a firm, extended finish. Drink now through 2028."
About the Winery: Castello di Volpaia is a winery located in the medieval village of Volpaia. The estate is over 900 acres (360 ha) divided between vineyards, olive groves, and woods. The winery is organically farmed for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and wine, in particular Chianti Classico. The winery is owned by Carlo and Giovannella Mascheroni Stianti and helped by their son Nicolo' Mascheroni Stianti.
Vintage Report: A record year for heat and drought throughout the growing season. This condition presented extremes which began early bud break in the vineyard followed by a spring frost over late April. The frost effected the lower portions of the Volpaia estate. Spring and summer months were dry with higher than average temperatures. Rainfall in mid-September helped the grapes achieve complete ripeness of tannins and other phenolic compounds despite low yields.
Harvest Date(s): September 4-September 28
Grape(s): 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Aging: 12 months in Slavonian casks