Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG
The vineyards of Volpaia, located between 300 and 500 metres of elevation, are the highest in the Chianti region. This is one of the reasons why our Chianti Classico is renown for its elegance and freshness with a rich bouquet of red fruits and spices.
The grapes are harvested by hand and collected in boxes holding less than 20Kgs of fruit. In the winery, they are destemmed and lightly pressed before fermentation commences use their own yeasts for two weeks. After this, the wines macerate for a further ten days on their own skins to give structure, complexity and colour to the wines prior to malolactic fermentation to knock the edges off. Ageing takes place in oak barrels for 14 months.
'Showing ripe fruit and rich intensity, the 2016 Chianti Classico (made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot) would pair nicely next to pasta with extra cheese grated on top. This wine is bright and fruit-forward with the fresh acidity to cut through the fat in cheese, butter or cream. The tight and focused nature of the wine's sharp berry flavours would also make a perfect contrast to the natural sweetness in those ingredients. This is always a great food wine, but this vintage is even better poised to match your favourite Italian dishes.'
90+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, November 2018.
'Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries and red plums. Medium to full body, round and ripe tannins and a nice, fresh finish.'
92 points, James Suckling, September 2018.
'The 2016 Chianti Classico is all class. Fresh, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2016 offers a terrific expression of the estate in its mid-weight personality. All the elements meld together in this effortless, classy wine from the family. The 2016 is quite accessible today, but it also has enough brightness to age nicely for a number of years. What a pretty wine it is.'
91 points, Antonio Galloni Vinous, February 2019.
'90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. Aged in large oak casks for 12 months. Mid crimson. Slightly reductive first impression, a little smoky. Dense and chewy and satisfying. More tannic than most in this line-up but the fruit is there in the middle.'
16.5+ points, Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com, September 2018.
'Radda in Chianti. 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot. Just mid crimson. Cool, savoury cherry fruit on the nose with minerally hints and tangy cherry fruit with a touch of new oak on the palate. Plenty of grainy tannins and still quite unsettled, yet long, tannic and with real depth.'
17+ points, Walter Speller, jancisrobinson.com, February 2018.
A hint of barnyard in the aroma gives way to bright cherry and strawberry fruit and vanilla and underbrush accents. Supple initially, firming up on the lingering finish. This should come around in a few years.
92 points, Wine Spectator (2019)
Purchased as a hunting retreat by Raffaello Stianti in 1966, Castello di Volpaia encompasses an 11th century fortified village in Radda-in-Chianti. Today the estate includes 43ha of vineyards reaching up to 600 metres. For this wine, Merlot is included to make it more approachable, but it still has the potential to age. Red berries and earth notes reveal themselves slowly, with perfumed violet nuances showing up on the palate. Firm but refined tannins hold it all together, and the finish lingers with appetising minerality.
91 points, Michaela Morris, Decanter (February 2018)