Castello Di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2009

Chianti Chianti
Tuscany, Italy


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Michael  Egerton
Michael Egerton

Castello di Verrazzano is located in the heart of Chianti Classico and was the birthplace of Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered much of North America. 105 acres of vine are planted in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil. Though present in warmer, southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern portion of the district. The soil here is extremely lean and stony (43% lime, 29% clay, 28% sand). Fertilization is entirely organic. Grapes are harvested by hand in October and undergo an 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels and bottle-aged for four months prior to release. The 2009 Chianti Classico is red ruby in colour with purplish reflections. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well integrated with floral notes of red rose, developing truffle aromas with some bottle age. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints. Drink now and for up to 5 years.

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