Producer: Castell’in Villa

Grape: 100% Sangiovese

Pronunciation: ‘San-gio-veze’

Region: Castelnuovo Berardegna, Toscana

Zone: DOCG of Chianti Classico

Producer Info:

Castell-in Villa is one of the most historic estates in Chianti Classico Princess Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa and her husband found the property in 1967 and purchased it the following year. Initially, Princess Coralia and her husband thought they would make wine for fun. Princess Coralia's father, a Greek aristocrat, demurred at the thought of his daughter becoming a peasant. At the time, there was just one hectare under vine, but planting began in earnest in 1968 following the suggestions of the Chianti Classico Consorzio, which included white grapes that ended up being used for the first vintages. This tasting covered a number of vintages of the flagship Chianti Classico Riserva going back to the inaugural 1971.

Tasting note: “Impressive for its overall balance and impeccable harmony. On paper, 1998 doesn’t have the reputation of either 1996 or especially 1997, the most touted vintage of the decade. That doesn’t stop it from being flat-out great. The integration of fruit, acidity, oak and tannin is simply marvelous. Sweet red berries, flowers, mint and leather are woven together in this effortless, gracious wine. This is a tremendous showing from an overlooked vintage.” Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Alluvial soil with pebbles and a mixture of lime, clay and sand.

Production: This wine is made purely from a selection of our own Sangiovese cuttings, which have then been planted in this particular vineyard, which gives its name to the wine. It has been vinified according to the high standards and special methods used here at Castell’in Villa and then stored in new French oak barriques for more than 18 months.

Alcohol (%) 14%