Why Be Curious? 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. With this 2011, Roberto Bianchi has culled together Radda’s freschezza and profumo with the restrained sensuality of vines grown at 1640 feet (some of the highest in Chianti). Slow Wine 2015 gave it 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 yr. 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: 480 m / 1575 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Limestone and Marl.
Esposizione / Exposure: East / North East.
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: Half of 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: Deeply used 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.