Vallepicciola Chianti Classico DOCG 2018
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This is a very highly rated Chianti Classico DOCG from the hills of Siena to the left of the Arbia river. This Chianti was awarded 93 Points by James Suckling, so we’re sure that you will love it too! It’s also rated highly on Vivino with an average score of 4.1 out of 5 from 930 ratings.
It’s a light ruby red colour. Floral and earthy nose, with ripe cherry, leather, chocolate and vanilla notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety tannins with balanced fresh acidity and well integrated oak, makes this a wonderful quaffing red as well as with food.
Food pairings, Veal, Poultry, Beef (spaghetti bolognese or spaghetti with meatballs), Tuscan-style sausages and beans, Roast lamb with rosemary and garlic or aged cheeses
Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
Cultivation system: guyot
Alcohol content: 14,5% vol
Production: 42,000 bottles annually
|REGION:||Tuscany (Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI)|
|SHELF LIFE:||20 Years|
|VINIFICATION:||Alcoholic fermentation in small steel tanks under controlled temperature, maceration in steel for 10 days approximately; malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. In big barrels for 12 months approximately. 3-5 in bottle|
Nestled in the rolling hills of Chianti Classico, at 10 minutes from Siena, our 105-hectars estate vineyards have been planted selecting the best area for each of our Sangiovese, Pinot Nero, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc e Chardonnay.
The history of Vallepicciola began in 1999, when the businessman Bruno Bolfo and his sister Giuseppina, originally from Liguria, decided to renovate an old nunnery, abandoned for decades, which was located near their country house in Pievasciata, small village close to Castelnuovo Berardenga, a few kilometers from Siena. Today the convent is the wonderful 5-star Hotel Le Fontanelle that attracts tourists from all over the world, thanks to a unique, elegant structure and a special attention to every detail. The Vallepicciola farm was born near the hotel, which today produces 12 wines using only
its own grapes, as well as vin santo, grappa and olive oil.
Vallepicciola is located on the eastern side of Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the province of
Owned by the Bolfo family, it has 24 full-time employees, coordinated by CEO Alberto Colombo. The consultant winemaker is Riccardo Cotarella, while the cellar manager is Erasmo Mazzone. Guardian of the vineyards, as an agronomist, is Francesco Beni. The estate, 265 hectares among woods, vines and olive trees of Moraiolo, Leccino and Frantoio varieties, enjoys a mild microclimate, the ideal condition for wine production: the hectares under vineyards are currently 105, with a major presence of the king of the Tuscan vines, Sangiovese, intended mainly for the production of Chianti Classico, and even
international varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay, used for IGT Toscana wines.
Spread over the hilly areas to the left of the Arbia river, the vineyards were selected and planted following and supporting the composition of the soils and areas, in which amalgamations of clay, limestone marl, bluish marl, tuff, sandstone and sand alternate. The great variability of the soils gives richness, elegance and uniqueness to the wines that come to life in Vallepicciola.
The company philosophy is in fact closely linked to its terroir: the principle is that the wines must be a unique expression of their land, climate and work done in the vineyard, and that the vineyard management has to be carried on with a sustainable approach, to be bequeathed to future generations.
Year after year Vallepicciola is reducing both use of herbicides, with the aim of reaching zero in the next two years (2021-2022), and treatments in the vineyard, in order to preserve the environment and produce wines more healthy, genuine and tasty.
Since 2017, with the help of Wine Research Team, managed by the oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and AGER, spin off of University of Milan, Vallepicciola has been pursuing a better and more scientific management of agricultural activities, all of which are within the field of precision agriculture, in order to make an important saving of water, energy and time. Thanks also to the new photovoltaic system located on the roof of the building, the winery today is largely energy self-sufficient.
CHIANTI CLASSICO 2018
- 91 pt. Luca Maroni
- 92 pt. James Suckling
- Bronze Medal Wow – Civiltà del Bere
- 3 Stelle Vinibuoni d’Italia
- Bibenda 4 bunch of grapes – A great wine (2017 vintage)