Created from the estate oldest vineyards, this Riserva Chianti Classico keeps the most typical organoleptic characteristics of this old tradition wine emphasised by a balanced ageing in wood. Only the finest grapes from our estate vineyards were selected for our Riserva 2011. Fruit parcels from different sites were kept separate during fermentation and ageing, providing winemaker Federico Cerelli with an enticing range of flavours and textures for blending one month prior to bottling. Ferments took place on the skins in small stainless steel tanks which were monitored individually: punch downs and délestage were enlisted according to each must. To help round out the wine while retaining optimal freshness, the juice underwent a secondary natural malolactic fermentation in stainless steel plus a portion of French oak (50%). The wine also underwent an ageing of 10 months in French oak casks (15hl to 30hl) and small barrels (225L) – with only 10% new oak. The wine underwent an additional 12 months of bottle maturation prior to release.
Excellent red with layers of dark fruits, plums, dark cherry, complemented by toasted oak, tobacco, menthol, mushroom and truffles. On the palate, it is bold with notes of clove, peppercorn and anise accenting the core of dried black cherry. Assertive, fine-grained, racy tannins provide the framework for a full body with a long, flavourful finish. A solid example of a Riserva Chianti Classico with lovely balance and structure.