Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico DOCG – 2010

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  • Label

    • The Label:

      The Chianti Classico label features the Commenda di Sant’Eufrosino, the second of four churches built within the city’s walls. Attributed to Italian architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472), the church was built in 1443 by request of the Canigiani family who lived in Volpaia. One of the family members wished to join the Knights of Malta, a religious order and military brotherhood ruled by a Grand Master that answered only to the Pope. The Knights of Malta required that the Canigianis build a church in Volpaia before joining the religious order. The Commenda was deconsecrated in 1932 and declared a national monument in 1981. For 13 years, until 1993, the Commenda housed a renowned art collection. The Commenda is now used for dinners, tastings and other events and its basement contains one of Volpaia’s barrel-aging cellars.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Campo a Pitti, Campo alla Fonte (Syrah), Casavecchia, Castellino, Campo a Prato, Montanino, Pratolino, Santa Caterina (Merlot and Sangiovese), Santa Maria Novella, Vignavecchia
    • Appellation: Tuscany
    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Vine Age: Planted 1970-2004
    • Soil: All vineyards have light soil consisting of sandstone except Campo alla Fonte, which is sandstone and clay, and Castellino and Santa Maria Novella, which are composed of clay.
    • Elevation: On slopes between 470 and 600 meters (1,300 and 1,970 feet)
    • Exposure: A range of southern exposures
    • Density: 2,564-5,006 vines/hectare (1,038-2,306 vines/acre)
    • Training: Volpaia uses cane pruning in all of its vineyards except Santa Caterina, which uses single-arched cane and Santa Maria Novella, which uses spur pruning.
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2009 vintage began with abundant precipitation until mid- June, followed by a long, hot, dry season lasting until October. Ripening was slow due to the heat and lack of rainfall, particularly in the vineyards with sandy soil.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 18-October 9
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in large oak casks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and robust aromas of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish.

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Reviews

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2010 – 92 points – The Planet Grape Wine Review

    "Zesty, tart and earthy with notes of cherry, red licorice, dried herbs, new leather, and cigar box."

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2010 – 91 points – jamessuckling.com

    “A juicy red with plum and cedar character plus hints of walnut. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Made from organically grown grapes. A bright and vivid Chianti Classico.”

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2010 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “…a multifaceted bouquet of iris, crushed cherry and truffle along with accents of meat and balsamic herbs. It has a delicious wild cherry flavor, with a hint of orange zest. It’s already enjoyable thanks to its forward personality.”

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2010 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    “A fresh, crisp red, lending a tightness to the feel and linear profile. With air, this turns richer, offering plum, coffee and leather notes. Assertive tannins mark the long finish.”

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