Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015

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  • Introduction

    • “Il Puro” (The Pure) it’s pure indigenous Sangiovese from the vineyard of Casanova, located at 1470 feet above the sea level, on the South facing slope of Volpaia between the celebrated vineyards of Coltassala and Balifico. Here we organically grow 25 clones of Sangiovese indigenous of Volpaia and reproduced from over 60 years old vines to preserve the local genetic diversity.

      The 2006 vintage is the first selection from the vineyard Casanova that has given birth to “Il Puro”: 100% sangiovese, 100% indigenous clones, 100% organic, 100% Chianti Classico, zero emissions of CO2. “Il Puro” is the demonstration of how the vinification of pure Sangiovese in the Chianti Classico gives the most true and authentic representation of the territory.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Casanova
    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Composition: 100% Sangiovese
    • Size: 0.56 hectare (1.38 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001
    • Clones: 25 indigenous Sangiovese clones
    • Soil: Sandstone
    • Elevation: 480 meters (1,575 feet)
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 5,435 vines/hectare (2,200 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2015 growing season was very warm. Beginning in May, the growth cycle of the grapevines began 10 days earlier than any time in our recorded vinicultural history at the winery. The month of July presented a very hot period, including record heat throughout all of Italy. This hot and dry condition resulted in vineyard hydro-stress, which accelerated the verasional development in the grape clusters. Temperatures remained very high during August and September with minimal days of rain. This warm late summer and early fall period guaranteed fantastic ripening and produced outstanding quality.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 3, 2015
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in new French oak (Allier)
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 5.1 g/L
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense ruby color. The nose is extremely elegant and characterized by fresh notes of cherry and violet typical of the Sangiovese, accompanied by hints of vanilla and cacao. The mouth is soft, silky, intriguing with a fruitful aftertaste and an extremely long finish.

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Reviews

  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Gran Selzione Casanova Il Puro – 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 95+ Points

    The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Casanova Il Puro shows a dense and rich quality of fruit that is indicative of this sunny and warm vintage. It is the best wine I've tasted in this series of samples from Castello di Volpaia. The wine's texture is thick and plush, and there's plenty of dark plummy fruit to maintain momentum. Oak spice, tar and campfire ash appear on the long and enriched finish. Pair it with a braised shank of lamb. This is a pure expression of Sangiovese and only 2,000 bottles were made.

  • Castello di Volpaia Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2015 – James Suckling – 96 Points

    A decadent nose of vanilla, brambleberries, resin, coffee beans, tobacco and hot stones with a touch of citrus and other fresher elements. Full-bodied and very intense on the palate, but the ripe tannins also show plenty of firmness. The bright acidity carries this through to a delightfully long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2021.

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