Country: Tuscany - Italy

Region: Tuscany

Castagnoli is a small estate in Castellina in Chianti on the western edge of the Chianti Classico DOCG. This estate possesses a striking terroir, one of Chianti’s most beautiful. Steep terraces are carved out of a western facing amphitheatre below the winery. The soil is highly decomposed and flaky galestro schist. The Sangiovese vines are pruned and trellised like Syrah of the northern Rhône, with one wooden stake per vine. There are several small micro-terroirs that are vinified separately and ultimately blended into the estate’s three wines: Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, or IGT Toscana Rosso “Salita.” Salita is a single parcel of higher-altitude terraces with southern exposition. The name “Salita” refers to the sun-baked nature of the section of the vineyard.

Owner Alfred Schefenacker is the driving force behind this tiny estate with amazing potential. He is intent on restoring and developing it into one of the finest estates in Chianti. The Castagnoli terreno is one of cool climate, high altitude Sangiovese (vines are planted higher than 1000 feet above sea level) but one with a lot of lower-end depth and concentration. High-toned aromatics including blood orange are on display, a medium-full bodied frame with smoked meat, black olive and rosemary to complement the red fruits, solid acidity and tannin. It is a unique style in Chianti born of a unique terroir, and it possesses a cool elegance that makes it immediately drinkable and very pleasurable though it will age well.

Castagnoli Collection

Chianti Classico Bio - € 19.80

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Sensory features: A pure Sangiovese, smells intensely of blackberries, black currants and liquorice, along with delicate notes of raspberries, spices, cinnamon and subtle toasted notes from aging in tonneaux and large wooden barrels. On the palate, power meets ripe, velvety tannins and a fresh, lively vein of acid - Sangiovese in purezza!

Technical notes:

100% Sangiovese from 19 estate owned crus organic certified, training in alberello & guyot methods.

Soil: Galestro, loam, limestone and schist

Vinification:Grapes are picked by hand in small boxes. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts 1 ton tubs and steel tanks. Extraction of colour and tannins is facilitated by hand-punching down, pumping over, and deléstage. Malolactic fermentation occurs in oak.

Ageing: 14 to 18 months, 2/3 in 5 hecto litres Tonneaux and 1/3 in Austrian and Slovenian 2 hecto litres oak  barrels.

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750 ml 

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