Chianti DOCG

Winemaker's note: This wine has aromas of blackberries, and raspberries, over subtle notes of wildflowers and sweet spices. On the palate, it is elegant with hints of tobacco and a smooth texture.

Type: Red wine
Appellation: Chianti
Varietal: Sangiovese, 96%, Merlot 4%
Vineyard Areas: Hills between Florence and Siena
Training system: Double-spurred cordon. Vines are on average 15 years old
Vine density: 4,500 per hectare (1,870 per acre)
Yield of grapes in wine: 70 hl/ha (3.2 tons per acre)
Soil: Stony and dry
Harvest: Middle of September
Wine-making: After de-stemming the grapes are not crushed, in order to keep the berries intact, assuring softer tannins and greater color extraction. Selected yeasts are added and the fermentation starts at a controlled temperature of 22-25° C (70-75° F) for about ten days. The wine is left in contact with the skin for about ten more days, after which it's racked. Then the bacteria are added and the malolactic fermentation takes place, lasting about six days. Aging: A third of the wine is aged in oak casks for four months, the remaining in stainless steel tanks. Further six months in the bottle. The wine is slightly filtered and separated from the residual yeasts and sediments, before bottling. Alcohol: 13%
Food Pairin: It pairs well with red sauce pasta dishes, beef and pork braised dishes and soft cheese.
Serving temperature: 18°- 20° C (64°- 68°F)
Glass type: Balloon