Why Be Curious? A Riserva should have class and complexity that comes in large part from it being aged more (not from an over-oaking procedure). Per Italian wine law, the Riserva needs a minimum of 2 years from the 1st of January after harvest. For his Riserva, Roberto Bianchi has culled together Radda’s freschezza and profumo with the restrained sensuality of vines grown at 420-490 m. / 1380-1610 ft. (some of the highest in Chianti). Slow Wine 2015 gave the Vino Slow Award for the 2011.
Vigna / Vineyard: Particularly rocky soil of chalk and marl. The soil, and, especially the altitude, make Radda in general known for tight-knit acidity. The eastern-exposed vineyards have the extra sun-shade protection from the mountain, Monte alla Croce, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly and a little each day. No cooked fruit here. 40 year-old vines.
Val delle Corti Chianti Classico Riserva
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Nome / Name: Vigna della Croce.
Ettari / Hectares: 1.5 ha.
Quota / Altitude: 420-490 m. / 1380-1610 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Limestone and marl.
Esposizione / Exposure: East / northeast.
Vitigni / Varieties: Sangiovese 100%.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 45 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 3500 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: ‘Doppio cappuccino toscano’.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: Mid-October.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Organic and Biodynamic.
Resa / Yield: 3500 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 25 days at up to 30°C.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes.
Affinamento / Élevage: Old barrique and tonneau.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: None.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 80 mg/L total, 30 mg/L free.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None
Produzione annua / Annual production: 1300 cases of 6 bottles each.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 14%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Bordeaux bottle.