Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016

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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 year began with an initially hot then rainy Spring up until the middle of June, followed by a hot and dry Summer causing seriously drought-stressed vines. Heavy rain in the middle of September, followed by a drop in temperature has helped the grapes mature perfectly.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 8
  • Vinification

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

    • Available Formats: 1/750ml (wooden box)
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
    • TA: 5.8 g/L
    • RS: 0.7 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.



  • Castello di Volpaia Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016 – The Wine Advocate – 93 Points

    The Volpaia 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Casanova Il Puro is profound, mature and ready to drink. It is made with organic fruit and packaged with lengths of twine that are affixed to the front of the bottle with an elegant red wax seal. From a classic vintage, this wine opens to evolved and spicy aromas of dried fruit, prune, leather and dark licorice root. The presentation is more oxidative that I would expect for a 2016, but yet the wine is open and ready to drink.

  • Castello di Volpaia Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points

    Made with organically farmed Sangiovese, this has aromas of underbrush, French oak and dark-skinned fruit. Reflecting the nose, the firm, elegant palate offers coconut, vanilla, French oak and savory Mediterranean herb set against firm, close-grained tannins that leave a drying finish.

  • Castello di Volpaia Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione — 2016 – Vinous – 94+ Points

    The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Casanova Il Puro is a wine for the cellar. Bright acids and beams of tannin shape this powerful, classically austere Gran Selezione from Volpaia. Lavender, spice, menthol, licorice and cloves start to emerge with some coaxing, but the 2016 is very clearly not ready to show all its cards just yet. Even so, this is a fine edition of the Puro. I hope to taste it again in another decade or so.

  • Castello di Volpaia Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2016 – James Suckling – 94 Points

    A rich, layered red that shows the strength of the vintage, offering blackberry, black-olive and stone aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied, chewy and pretty. From organically grown grapes. Approachable now, but better in 2022.