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Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 750ml 2009          
Sku: 1794373*

Castello di Volpaia overlooks the village of Radda in Chianti. The town was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the border of Florence and Sienna. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages of its period. Just as it has been for the last 900 years, the entire village is intimately involved in the production of wine and olive oil. The cellars, bottling plant, barrels and olive press are nestled within the original stone walls that have been carefully restored by owners Carlo Mascheroni and Giovanella Stianti Mascheroni and their children, Nicolo and Federica. The nearly 114 acres of vineyards owned by Castello di Volpaia are at 1,300 to 2,130 feet above sea level, making Volpaia the highest winery in the Chianti region. The earth is comprised mainly of light soils consisting largely of sandstone, a sedimentary rock from the Pliocene era. Volpaia is certified organic in all of its estate vineyards with the exception of Borgianni which is made from a selection of the best grapes from hillside vineyards in the Chianti Senese area.

Tasting notes
The nose is elegant, displaying hints of spice and fruit. This is a well-structured wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.

 Ultimate Beverage Challenge 90 points (Jun 2014)
Deep brick red color. The nose is very austere showcasing mineral and spice over fruit with a firm oak note as well. The palate echoes the nose delivering a tart and dry attack with drying tannins and a prominent oak impression
 Wine Advocate 88 points (Jun 2012)
The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva opens with an attractive, plump fruit, but then the French oak becomes dominant on the mid-palate. Flowers, sweet spices and licorice wrap around the finish. The Riserva is 100% Sangiovese that spent two years in oak, part in cask and part in smaller French oak barrels. In my opinion, the oak is overwhelming here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
 Wine Spectator 92 points (Apr 30 /201)
The sweet black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors highlight this powerful, polished red. The fruit, earth and spice notes prevail as the tannic grip emerges on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2024. –BS

Technical notes
After a 48 hour cold soak, fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks. Aged 24 months in Slovenian and French oak casks (80%) and new French oak barriques (20%).

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti Classico
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Type: Still wine
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