Appellation: Chianti Colli Senesi
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: 90 % Sangiovese; 10% Merlot
Vineyard: In the commune of Sinalunga, southeast of Siena and northeast of Montepulciano.
Orientation: South, southwest. 200-550 m.
Soil: Predominantly loam and sand with some clay and a larger proportion of stone and chalk.
Viticulture: Simple Guyot with average yield of 40-45 hl /hectare (1.78-2 tons/acre). Exclusively by hand, at various times in October.
Vinification: Automatic daily punch-downs during fermentation at 28-30oC, followed by 10-12 day maceration.
Aging: Draining-off after fermentation and transfer in March to small and medium-sized casks for 8-12 months’ maturation. 4-6 months’ bottle-ageing.
The 2015 Chianti Colli Senesi opens to tonic freshness with wild berry, raspberry and cassis as the aromatic protagonists. Vineyards are located up to 550 meters above sea level and these high altitudes have contributed to the wine's freshness and crispness. A tiny percentage of Merlot is added to the blend and this grape adds a bit more softness and fullness to the mouthfeel. - Robert Parker 89 Points