Ricasoli Chianti DOCG

Chianti DOCG, Tuscany

This was an atypical year, perhaps unlike any ever registered.  Winter was fairly mild and warm with a late frost in April, followed by drought and extreme heat that lasted for more than two months - all factors that scorched the earth and the grapevines.  For this reason, the leaf removal typically carried out before grape harvest was avoided.  Instead, the grapevines were left "untidy", only slightly trimmed, to protect the fruit from the rays of the sun.  At the end of August and the first ten days of September, rains came and the temperatures dropped drastically, all the way to the seasonal average.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red with fragrance of rose and red fruit with gentle tannins and a lingering finish.

This was an atypical year, perhaps unlike any ever registered.  Winter was fairly mild and warm with a late frost in April, followed by drought and extreme heat that lasted for more than two months - all factors that scorched the earth and the grapevines.  For this reason, the leaf removal typically carried out before grape harvest was avoided.  Instead, the grapevines were left "untidy", only slightly trimmed, to protect the fruit from the rays of the sun.  At the end of August and the first ten days of September, rains came and the temperatures dropped drastically, all the way to the seasonal average.

85% Sangiovese and 15% complementary grape varietals

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby red with lovely, fragrant hints of violet and cherry complemented by menthol, this wine is fresh and well-balanced on the palate with a pleasant lingering finish.

The Autumn and Winter were very mild only reaching below-freezing temperatures for part of January with about 17 inches of rain during the season. Springtime temperatures were average for May and early June with little humidity. These weather conditions diminished the fruit set causing a thinning effect in the clusters which is good for the Sangiovese. Two hail storms at the end of May also led to loss of flowers, thus reducing per-plant growth. Summer was hot and dry but, by the end of July and into mid-August rains gave some relief to the plants helping them during the period of veraison. Harvest began in early September with mid-to-high daytime temperatures dropping to lows between 50°F - 59°F during the nights which helped to favor the accumulation of phenolic compounds.

Aged in stainless steel.

Sangiovese and other complementary grape varietals

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Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2016 – Label

Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2016 Vintage Notes

Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2017 – Label

Ricasoli Chianti DOCG 2017 Vintage Notes

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