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2013 Toscana Rosso “Salita”

Castagnoli

2013 Toscana Rosso “Salita” Castagnoli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The Castagnoli vineyards are a sight to behold: towering over a boundless panorama of rolling hills and saturated with scents of wild herbs and flowers, this is Tuscan paradise. Among the steep, terraced rows of alberello-trained Sangiovese vines, outcrops of layered blue galestro stone peek out from beneath the soil and litter flaky debris all about. And yet the vines seem quite happy growing out of almost pure rock, perhaps thanks to the biodynamic preparations intended to fertilize the land and boost the plant’s immune function. In the cellar, the most basic “technology”—open-top fermentation bins and used barrels—suffices to usher the transformation of grape to wine.

“Salita” is a declassified Chianti Classico from the estate’s most prized parcel, a sun-drenched incline that yields a full-throttle Sangiovese loaded with the flavors of its terroir. It is proof that Chianti’s top sites, when worked the right way, can still make food-friendly, cellar-worthy wines among the world’s finest.

Anthony Lynch

$60.00
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: IGT Toscana
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Castagnoli
Winemaker: Sonia Ermini
Vineyard: 9 years average, 6.57 ha
Soil: Galestro Schist
Aging: Wine ages for 18 months in neutral oak barrels
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Tuscany

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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