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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

Grapes

Sangiovese 100%, single vineyard Yield: 60 qt./ha

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Area of production

Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy

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Soil

Galestro and limestone, mostly clay with gravel size stones

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Vineyard technique

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Vine age: Plantings completed in spring 2000

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Plant density: 7,350 plants per hectare

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Production: 13,000 bottles (2011); 13,000 bottles (2013)

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Winemaking

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Winemaking: Grapes are manually harvested and sorted twice, first when they arrive at the winery as bunches and then again after de-stemming by an optical sorter. The whole berries are immediately put into stainless steel fermentation tanks and a smaller portion into French oak fermenters.

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Alcoholic fermentation: The temperature in the tanks is computer controlled; the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 20 days. Remontage occurs every 8 hours and one delestage per week. A brief maceration occurs after fermentation.

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Malolactic fermentation: In large French oak fermenting tanks and in tonneaux.

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Maturation: The wine rests for 18 months in wood of which 6 are on the fine lees, 6 months in stainless and a further 6 months in bottle.

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Technical data

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Tasting notes

This is a sensual wine with notes of cherry fruit, tobacco, leather and hints of licorice and spice. The elegant tannins balance nicely with the fruit, all underlined by a fabulous stratum of acidity, making this a complex wine with incontestable structure and power. A long and satisfying finish confirms this Sangiovese is true to its terroir.

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