A declassified Chianti Classico from the domaine’s highest altitude and oldest vines, this wine is the most elegant and refined of the Campriano lineup. As with all Campriano reds, it is made from 100% organic Sangiovese. Its purity, bright acidity, and stony backbone make for a truly noble Italian wine experience—an impressive tour de force emanating from this humble Tuscan farmhouse. –Dixon Brooke
|Appellation:||IGT Alta Valle della Greve|
|Winemaker:||Elena Lapini, Luca Polga|
|Vineyard:||35 years, .18 ha|
|Soil:||Galestro (Clay and Schist), Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged 10-12 months in 4-5 year old oak barrels, then in stainless steel tanks 12-14 months|
Almost all of the growers with whom we work manage “small family farms.” Then there is Podere Campriano in Greve, who prove the statement more literally than just about anyone. This Tuscan family lives in a humble farmhouse atop a small hillside of 2 hectares of Sangiovese vines. This is their organically pampered backyard from which they craft a delicious Chianti Classicos in the stone cellars beneath their home. The Campriano red wines are traditionally made and reflective of the unique terroir of the Alta Greve—dark, galestro schist infused wines with bold fruit and serious depth. The extreme care and focus of the Lapini family and their dedication to organic agriculture impart a unique character and spirit upon their wines.
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.