Chianti Riserva DOCG – Castellani
The colour is Bright ruby red and the bouquet is Intense and characteristic , fruity with a violet fragrance.
The wine is dry and harmonious with notes of dark chocolate and black cherries.
Ideal with grilled meat and pasta dishes with rich tomato sauce. Serve at room temperature.
Traditional vinification method: ripe grapes are harvested from the best vineyards and almost immediately crushed in order to minimize oxidation. The must is then fermented in large stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 23-24° C. When the primary fermentation is finished, the wine is stored in contact with the skins for greater extraction of colour and structure for a period of 10-15 days. At the end of fermentation the wine is stored at a constant temperature in Slavonian oak casks for a minimum period of 24 months.
For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 70% Sangiovese grapes. Aged Chianti (minimum 24 months in large oak casks), may become Riserva. There are other appellations within Chianti range with more stringent requirements like Chianti Superiore – lower yield, higher alcohol content and dry extract – and Chianti Classico – from the “Classico” restricted sub-area, between Florence and Siena.
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