Ricasoli Chianti DOCG

Chianti DOCG, Tuscany

The weather conditions in 2021 were quite unusual. An April frost was followed by drought in the summer months yielding early ripening.  Despite the turbulent growing season, the vines yielded healthy grapes leading to excellent quality wine.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby red color. On the nose, there are scents of fresh fruit, red fruit, cherry and raspberry. The palate is velvety, fresh, and lively, long lasting with a fruity aftertaste.

The weather conditions in 2021 were quite unusual. An April frost was followed by drought in the summer months yielding early ripening.  Despite the turbulent growing season, the vines yielded healthy grapes leading to excellent quality wine.

In stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 75°-82°F with maceration on the skins for 8/10 days.

85% Sangiovese and complementary grapes.

Autumn was very rainy and quite cold. Winter was mild and not particularly rainy. Spring, therefore, continued with average temperatures and scarce rainfall. Summer arrived on time with the solstice starting, as early as June 20th, to record maximum temperatures above 86°F. Finally, the month of October displayed all its typical characteristics: lower temperatures during the night, an alternation of rainy and sunny days, which however have allowed an end of excellent grape quality.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby red colour. To the nose, there are scents of cherry and raspberry. The palate is pleasant, fresh and elegant, long lasting.

Autumn was very rainy and quite cold. Winter was mild and not particularly rainy. Spring, therefore, continued with average temperatures and scarce rainfall. Summer arrived on time with the solstice starting, as early as June 20th, to record maximum temperatures above 86°F. Finally, the month of October displayed all its typical characteristics: lower temperatures during the night, an alternation of rainy and sunny days, which however have allowed an end of excellent grape quality.

In stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 75°-46°F with maceration on the skins for 8/10 days.

85% Sangiovese and complementary grapes.

The 2018-2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild as well, then in January came on the scene in its traditional guise, with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 44-46°F accompanied by daily rains. This combination of factors had a major impact on the flowering of the plants, favoring the formation of more open bunches, especially in the Sangiovese grapes. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often above 95°F, but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.
The Sangiovese grapes were harvested from the end of September to the middle of October.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color. On the nose aromas of cherry and wild strawberry. The entry is fresh, pleasant and elegant. Clean and persistent to the end.

The 2018-2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild as well, then in January came on the scene in its traditional guise, with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 44-46°F accompanied by daily rains. This combination of factors had a major impact on the flowering of the plants, favoring the formation of more open bunches, especially in the Sangiovese grapes. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often above 95°F, but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.
The Sangiovese grapes were harvested from the end of September to the middle of October.

Aged in stainless steel.

85% Sangiovese and complementary grapes.

Overall, we can state that 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October.  Thanks to good underground water supplies, the plants never suffered water stress and ripened regularly.  The quality of the grapes was of a very high standard, which leads us to hop for a high quality wine.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red color.  Pleasant nose of red fruit with balsamic hints.  The entry is fresh, soft and round.  Harmonious finish with a pleasant good persistence to the end.

Overall, we can state that 2018 was a complex harvest due to the climate trends, which tended to be more humid than average in the past, but with excellent summer temperatures and a very dry period in the months of September and October.  Thanks to good underground water supplies, the plants never suffered water stress and ripened regularly.  The quality of the grapes was of a very high standard, which leads us to hop for a high quality wine.

Aged in stainless steel.

85% Sangiovese and complementary grapes.

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

  • 88

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "Red-berry, menthol and espresso aromas mingle together in the glass. It's taut and racy, with flavors suggesting sour cherry, botanical herb and a hint of star anise set against fine-grained tannins and an acidic backbone. Drink through 2023."

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