92 Points - Vinous Media
91 Points - Wine Spectator
Castello di Volpaia is a medieval village built in the 11th Century on the Florence/Sienna border. Although only part of the protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the traditional layout and buildings within the village are intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages from its time. However, this ancient village is not just a piece of history - it is also a fully functional winery. Inside the traditional architecture is advanced winemaking technology, and located beneath the old church is the wine cellar, where the finished wine is matured in Slovenian oak for 12 - 14 months.
Ruby red in color, Castello Di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva is created from 100% Sangiovese. The grapes were farmed organically and harvested by hand. After they were destalked and very lightly crushed, the grapes were first fermented for 14 days in their own yeast at temperatures between 80 and 86°F. During this phase, they were automatically punched down twice a day to draw out their finest qualities. After macerating on their skins for an additional 7 days, the malolactic fermentation began and finally the wine was moved to barrels, where it was aged for 2 years. The result is an elegant aromatic wine offering notes of spice and red fruit on the nose. The full-bodied palate is well structured with silky tannins offering aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry, tobacco and oak. Hints of licorice lingers through the long, persistence finish.
“Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, mint and sweet spices are all woven together in a flashy, mid-weight Riserva that should continue to drink well for at least a handful of years, perhaps beyond. Crushed flowers and a hint of rose petal add the final..” - Vinous Media
"Vibrant and harmonious, offering floral, strawberry, cherry and spice flavors allied to a delicate frame. Lingers with fruit and mineral notes on the finish.” - Wine Spectator
Product of Italy
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%