Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017
Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017 / Castello di Albola / Tuscany
Red wine from Italy
The medieval village of Castello di Albola rises on the splendid Chianti hills halfway between the cities of Florence and Siena. Here, where the Etruscans had their home and Giovanni Boccaccio played his Decameron, you will find the winemakers of Castello di Albola. In this area, which exudes an incredible beauty and timeless harmony, the winery grows wine on 125 hectares on the highest hills of Chianti Classico.
The Chianti was probably one of the first Italian wines to be professionally marketed at the beginning of the 18th century. The red grape variety Sangiovese is one of the most important in Italy and has been proven to have been cultivated in this area by the Etruscans over 2500 years ago. The name Sangiovese comes from late Latin and means in translation "Jupiter's blood".
The locations for this top Chianti are at an altitude of 350 to 650m above sea level and consist mainly of limestone, are loamy and have good water permeability. The vines are laid out in the guyot and cordon training system. This precious Riserva contains the best grapes from eight vineyards selected by Castello di Albola, each of which contributes to the result with a special nuance of Sangiovese, vinified in purity. The Sangiovese grapes, harvested from the end of September to the beginning of October, are first gently pressed and the must obtained is fermented in vertical fermenters for about three weeks. As soon as the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine enters the wood. The aging takes about fourteen months, with 40% of the wine resting in barrels made from Allier oak and the remaining 60% in barrels made from traditional Slavonian oak. After this refinement, the Chianti Classico Riserva still has three years to get its finishing touches in the bottle.
The Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG from Castello di Albola, which has been highly praised by many well-known wine critics, is ruby red in the glass. Its scent is intense and includes notes of ripe berries, tobacco, and liquorice. Sweet vanilla tones can be seen in the background. On the palate it is dry, enveloping, complex and very elegant. With its fine acidity, which is muted by buttery notes, you can taste an elegant touch of roasted aromas. The finale is terrific long and persistent.
At an optimal serving temperature of around 16 to 18 ° C, the Chianti Classico Riserva is an excellent accompaniment to pasta dishes with Mediterranean sauces, red meat, roasts, game, and all types of middle-aged cheese. Enjoyed alone, as a meditation wine: perfect!
- Vintage: 2017
- Ageing: Dry
- Country: Italy
- Region: Tuscany
- Volume: 0,75 liters
- Producer and bottler: Castello d'Albola - Via Pian d’Albola, 31 - 53017 Radda in Chianti (Siena) - Italia - +39 0577 738019
- Climate 2017: 2017 was a hot and sometimes dry year with little rain in the summer. Spring was cool at times and was marked by a few late frosts in April. Fortunately, the considerable height of the vineyards limited the damage to the winery. Temperatures reached very high peaks in July and August. It was not until the end of September, in the last ripening period of the grapes and just before harvest, that there were rainy days with little rain, which, despite the complexity of the climatic conditions, contributed to the ripening of the fruit. The relative yield limit 2017 can certainly be described as an interesting vintage, which is characterized by a higher concentration, pronounced fruit notes, a good balance between tannin and acidity and an above-average structure.
- Quality Designation: Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG)
- Grape: 100% Sangiovese from Radda in Chianti.
- Soil type: The vineyards are cultivated at altitudes between 350 and 650 metres. The lands are located on the hills of Alberese, originated from Pliocene marine deposits. As a result, the area is characterized by a clayey soil, with good internal drainage due to the presence of fine gravel (Galestro and Alberese).
- Training method: Guyot and cordon system.
- Production: The must is fermented in vertical fermenters for about 3 weeks. Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in oak. Refinement takes about 14 months: 40% of the wine rests in barriques made from Allier oak, 60% in barrels made from traditional Slavonian oak.
- Sensory characteristics: Intense bouquet with notes of ripe berries, tobacco, and liquorice. In the background, sweet vanilla tones. Dry, enveloping, elegant and complex on the palate. Fine acidity with buttery notes and an elegant hint of roasted aromas. Finally, there is a long and persistent finish.
- Color: Ruby red
- Alcohol content: 13,5 % Vol.
- Residual sugar: 1,1 g/l
- Stopper: Natural cork
- How to serve: Excellent with pasta dishes with sauce, red meat, roasts, game and middle-aged cheese. And of course as a meditation wine.
- Recommended serving temperature: Between 16 and 18°C.
- Allergens: Contains sulfites
- EAN (bottle): 8002235646659
- Awards: Gambero Rosso: 3 Glasses; JamesSuckling.com: 92 out of 100 points.
- Scope of supply: 1 bottle of wine 0.75 liters
SANGIOVESE is a red grape. It is one of the most important and most common varieties in Italy and main ingredient of the famous Chianti. The vine has a long tradition and was already cultivated by the Etruscans. In the 20th century the best clones were selected and systematically propagated. A varietal Sangiovese is usually characterized by a strong color and distinctive structure of acid and strong tannins. The name SANGIOVESE is latin-latin in origin and means "Jupiters blood" (Sanguis Giove).
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