High atop a hill outside Castellina in Chianti, the Castagnoli estate enjoys stunning scenery that could come straight from one’s dreams of a Tuscan country getaway. Vines cover the steep slopes that lead up to the farmhouse, with a backdrop of majestic hills setting the stage for the production of this most artisanal Chianti Classico. The poor soils of galestro schist yield low quantities of perfectly balanced Sangiovese that delightfully translates the surrounding environment, giving sun-kissed, herbaceous, deeply mineral wines with almost exotic aromatics. The Riserva represents the estate’s top vineyards, well-exposed terraces—rare in Tuscany—prone to producing complex, long-lived reds. Fermentation in wood casks and aging in large botti ensure the integrity of the fruit and terroir are fully preserved, making this cellar-worthy Chianti the ideal companion to rustic Tuscan cuisine.
|Appellation:||Chianti Classico Riserva|
|Vineyard:||10 years average, 6.53 ha|
|Aging:||Wine is raised in 500L barrels (none or very little new depending on vintage)|
Castagnoli is a small estate in Castellina on the western edge of the Chianti Classico DOCG. This estate possesses a striking terroir,, one of Chianti’s most beautiful. Owner Alfred Schefenacker is the driving force behind this estate with amazing potential. He is intent on developing it into one of the finest estates in Chianti. The Castagnoli terreno is one of cool climate, high altitude Sangiovese but one with depth and concentration. Aromatics are on display, a medium-full bodied frame with smoked meat, olive and rosemary to complement the fruits, solid acidity and tannin. It is a unique style born of a unique terroir, and it possesses an elegance that makes it immediately drinkable and very pleasurable though it will age well.
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
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