Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico DOCG – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • 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, Casavecchia, Casetto, Castellino, Campo a Prato, Montanino, Pratolino, Santa Caterina, Santa Maria Novella and Vignavecchia
    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
    • Vine Age: Planted 1972-2004
    • Soil: All vineyards have light soil consisting of sandstone except Castellino and Santa Maria Novella, which are composed of clay, and Montanino, which is composed of sandstone and clay.
    • Elevation: On slopes between 397-570 meters (1,300-1,870 feet)
    • Exposure: A range of southern exposures
    • Density: 2,564-5,682 vines/hectare (1,038-2,306 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • March was warm, but April and May were very cold and rainy. Good weather started from June 10 to the end of the month. The beginning of July was very warm and dry. Intense warmth from mid-July to end of August, interspersed with some rain, guaranteed the right humidity for the soil. September and mid-October brought good weather with some scattered rain. Blooming was delayed for 10 days as well as flowering. In June, the vines started a sudden and vigorous development. Veraison began with some delay and continued fairly slowly. Harvest started a few days later compared to the previous years.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 18 - October 12
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in Slavonian casks
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.4g/L
    • RS: 0.5g/L
  • Tasting Notes

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

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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG — 2018 – Vinous – 92 Points

    The 2018 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine that captures the essence of the estate's high-altitude vineyards. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice, mint, pine and cedar are some of the many aromas and flavors that are woven throughout. The 2018 is gracious, inviting and impeccable in its balance.

  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG — 2018 – James Suckling – 93 Points

    A racy, fine-tuned Chianti Classico with blackberry, black-cherry and wet-earth aromas. Medium-bodied with medium polished tannins and a long finish. Transparent. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.

  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG – 2018 – Jancis Robinson – 17 Points

    Just mid crimson. Perfumed, lifted cherry fruit with iron hints. Fine cherry fruit with a layer of dark tannins on the palate. Long and perfumed and finely balanced.

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