Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG
The vineyards of Volpaia, located between 300 and 500 metres of elevation, are the highest in the Chianti region. This is one of the reasons why our Chianti Classico is renown for its elegance and freshness with a rich bouquet of red fruits and spices.
The grapes are harvested by hand and collected in boxes holding less than 20Kgs of fruit. In the winery, they are destemmed and lightly pressed before fermentation commences use their own yeasts for two weeks. After this, the wines macerate for a further ten days on their own skins to give structure, complexity and colour to the wines prior to malolactic fermentation to knock the edges off. Ageing takes place in oak barrels for 14 months.
The 2019 Chianti Classico is an attractive, mid-weight wine. Silky and beautifully perfumed, this mid-weight Chianti Classico is a terrific example of the lithe style that is so typical of Radda. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet red berries and tobacco linger.
91 points, Vinous (September 2021)
Juicy cherry, strawberry and currant fruit abounds, along with a savory side sporting thyme, juniper and earth notes. It finishes with dusty tannins. Drink now through 2025.
90 points, Wine Spectator (October 2021)
Located in the township of Radda, Volpaia’s southeast- to southwest-facing vineyards reach 600 metres above sea level. The annata is crafted from diverse parcels planted between 1972 and 2004. Still subtle in its expression, this takes some time to open up, then reveals decisive fennel, red plum, white pepper and lavender. Velvety fruit is ripe yet crunchy, punctuated by herbal notes, while the discreet powdery tannins are youthful and grapey in natural. Modest yet delicious.
90 points, Michaela Morris, Decanter (March 2021)