Chianti Classico Riserva
OriginThe Chianti Classico zone.
Grapes95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo.
Type of Soil
The vineyard is situated at Pian d’Albola in the hills of Radda in Chianti, at an altitude of around 400 m. (1,310 ft.). It has a southerly exposure, and lies on well-structured clayey soils characterized by the presence of stones (the famous alberese found throughout the Chianti Classico zone).
Training SystemCordon Spur and Tuscan capovolto.
Plant Density3,500 vines per hectare (1,415 per acre). The average age of the vines is 20 years.
Yield60 quintals of grapes per hectare.
Vinification and Maturation
The must, which comes from grapes picked by hand, was placed in horizontal vinification tanks where it remained for around 3 weeks. Once the malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine immediately went into oak casks for aging. Maturation lasted 15 months: 10% of the wine went into Allier oak barriques, the remaining 90% into traditional Slavonian oak barrels. This was followed by 12 months’ maturation in stainless steel and a further three months in bottle before release.