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The Castagnoli vineyards, just outside of Castellina in Chianti, are a sight to behold: sprawling over stone terraces carved out of a steep hillside, they look out on the magnificent Tuscan landscape to the south, with towering Monte Amiata looming in the distance. The high altitude here—up to 450 meters—and stony soil, littered with flaky blue chunks of galestro (a schistous clay found locally), give a unique expression of Sangiovese showing minerality, lift, and exotic aromatics in contrast with the chunkier, more corporeal wines common elsewhere in the Chianti zone. Adding to this is the bright, fresh character of the 2014 vintage, a cooler and rainier year that yielded wines lighter in color and body than is typical in Tuscany. The result is a Chianti of great elegance and drinkability, refined by aging in large casks and still showing a pleasant fleshiness, thanks to the unfiltered bottling. It is the perfect match for rustic Mediterranean cuisine.
|Vineyard:||5 – 8 years|
|Aging:||Wine ages for 18 months in neutral oak barrels (18hl and 4/5hl)|
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch