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2014 Chianti Classico Riserva “Terrazze”

Castagnoli

Back in Tuscany, Sangiovese produces wines of similar caliber that are distinctly different from their Corsican counterparts. At Castagnoli, high elevation and stony soils of galestro (a schist-like metamorphic rock) stamp their mark on the estate’s wines. Castagnoli’s reds from the scenic hillsides of Castellina in Chianti are more high-toned and mineral-driven, with exotic aromatics and bright acidity. This bottling is from a selection of the estate’s steepest vineyards, which have been terraced with dry stone walls made from rocks found in the vineyards. Farming is organic and also features biodynamic practices, such as spraying plant-based remedies to boost the vines’ immune function. While it lacks the Patrimonio’s dark color and gripping intensity, this Chianti boasts notable finesse and aromatic lift. It is additional proof of what Sangiovese is capable of when planted in a great site.

Anthony Lynch

$42.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sangiovese
Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Producer: Castagnoli
Winemaker: Alfred Schefenacker
Vineyard: 10 years average, 6.53 ha
Soil: Galestro Schist
Aging: Wine is raised in 500L barrels (none or very little new depending on vintage)
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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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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