Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2007
The Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva label features the della Volpaia family coat of arms. The family took its name from the village of Volpaia itself. Lorenzo della Volpaia (1446–1512), an architect, goldsmith, mathematician and clockmaker, founded a Florentine dynasty of clockmakers and scientific-instrument makers that included his sons Camillo, Benvenuto and Eufrosino, and nephew Girolamo. As clockmaker, Lorenzo gained fame and honor with the construction of the Orologio dei Pianeti (Planetary Clock). Lorenzo also built the clock at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He was in contact with Leonardo da Vinci and took part in the discussions on the placement of Michelangelo’s David. The della Volpaia family instruments are on display at the Science Museums in Florence and Greenwich (United Kingdom), the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
- The Label:
- Vineyards: Campo a Pitti, Casavecchia, Casetto, Castellino, Campo a Prato, Pratolino, Santa Caterina, Santa Caterina Vecchia, Santa Maria Novella, Vignavecchia
- Cultivation: Certified organic
- Vine Age: Planted 1970–2002
- Soil: All vineyards have light soils consisting of sandstone except Castellino (clay) and Santa Maria Novella (clay).
- Elevation: On slopes between 1,300–1,970 ft.
- Exposure: South, southeast, southwest
- Density: 1,038–2,306 vines/acre
- Training: Volpaia uses the guyot training system in all its vineyards except Santa Caterina Vecchia (single-arched cain) and Santa Maria Novella (cordon spur).
The vintage began with a mild winter and a spring with normal temperatures but scant rainfall. Summer was hot and dry, then temperatures dropped slightly during August, only to rise again in September. All of the phenolic phases of the vines (sprouting, blossoming, veraison and ripening) were ahead of normal by about 10 days. The yield was very low but with great quality and concentration.
- Harvest Date(s): September 25-October 3
- Barrel Aging: 24 months in 80% Slovenian and French oak casks and 20% new French oak barriques from Seguin Moreau
- Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
- Cases Imported: 350
- Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 14%
The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva has a ruby red hue with a trace of garnet. The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This is a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2007 – 4 stars – Decanter
“Restrained aromas of tight fruit, savoury notes, roses and leather. Elegant red fruit with Marmite notes on the palate, refreshing acidity and soft, yet high tannins. Quite backward at the moment but is classcical in style. Will last.”
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2007 – 88 points – The Wine Advocate
“The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva shows quite a bit of warmth and spiciness in its dark red fruit. This is an attractive, mid-weight Chianti but the vintage doesn’t seem to have produced fruit with enough depth to stand up to the French oak, which overpowers the wine and contributes to the dry tannins. Overall, I expected more from the 2007 Riserva.”
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – 2007 – 88 points – Wine Spectator
“A silky and attractive red, with raspberry and dark cherry character. Medium and delicious.”