Chianti Classico Riserva
Chianti Classico DOCG
95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo
Stewards of Chianti Classico, Castello di Verrazzano has played an indelible role in Tuscan winemaking and American history. Owners Luigi and Silvia Cappellini pour their passion into the estate, producing traditional wines that deservedly enjoy an incredibly loyal following around the world. A founding member of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, Verrazzano has made wine since the earliest times. The property occupies the site of former Etruscan and Roman settlements and was home to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was the first to discover America’s east coast, landing at the bay of New York in the early 16th century.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Since acquiring the estate, the Cappellini family has replanted Verrazzano's vineyards, which fan out from the forest limits down to the valley below.
Located on a hilltop in the Greve, the heart of Chianti Classico, Verrazzano’s 220 acre estate includes 52 hectares of vineyards at altitudes between 280 and 400 meters above sea level, higher than average Chianti Classico vineyards.
Though present in southern parts of the Classico area, limestone is unique to Verrazzano which is in the cooler, northern part of the zone. This singular combination of limestone soil and cooler growing conditions accounts for the wines’ muscularity and finesse.
The true lifeblood of the vineyards comes from the surrounding Verrazzano-owned woodland area, which acts as a cocoon for the vines; offering pollution protection and maintaining freshness. In addition, the entire winery is heated by wood from these forests.WINEMAKING
Grapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period.AGING
The wine is aged 24 months in new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release.TASTING NOTES
In terms of color, this wine takes on a deep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time. On the nose, richly perfumed, aroma of violets and cherry. On the palate, smooth and elegant with opulent flavors reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse. Well-matched with red meat dishes, roasts and aged cheeses.WINEMAKER