Wine Details

La Spinetta Chianti Riserva DOCG

The Chianti Riserva is 100% Sangiovese from old vines (30 years), lending concentration and density. A welcome diversion from the textbook Chianti of the past, this is a surprising wine of personality and character with rich, saturated color and aromas of dark fruit, leather, wet earth and spicy overtones of cinnamon and clove. This Chianti is aged in large oak casks, imparting a broad and bold structure, yet the wine remains silky and aromatically precise at the same time.

Region:

Producer:

La Spinetta Tuscany

Varietal:

100% Sangiovese

Vineyard:

Casanova, Terriciola, Tuscany, south exposure

Yield:

3,000 bottles/ha

Aging:

Aged in medium toasted French oak for 24 months

Alcohol content:

14.0%

Age of vines:

20 years

pH level:

3.5

Acidity:

6g/L

Production:

30,000 bottles

Soil:

Calcareous, containing ocean sediments

Training:

Cordone Speronato

Average altitude:

250 m

Vinification:

Alcoholic fermentation for 8 days in roto-fermenters, malolactic fermentation in oak

Harvest:

Middle of September

First vintage:

2007

Cellar:

La Spinetta Casanova, Tuscany

Bottling:

Transfer to stainless steel vats for 10 months before bottling, aging in bottle for 6 months, no filtration or clarifying

Release:

April, 3.5 years after harvest

Recent press reviews

91

La Spinetta Chianti Riserva DOCG 2013

Wine Advocate (91)- "This is nothing like the textbook Chianti you might be familiar with. The Casanova della Spinetta 2013 Chianti Riserva is an inspired rendition with a surprising level of personality and pedigree. Fruit is sourced from old vines (30-year-old plants) and the resulting concentration and density is evident. The wine opens to a dark, saturated color with aromas of dark fruit, wet earth and campfire ash. The wine is aged in large oak casks and shows broad, strong shoulders."

91

La Spinetta Chianti Riserva DOCG 2008

James Suckling (91)- "Pleasant berry and cedar character to this with shaved chocolate. Medium body, round tannins and a clean finish. Drink now."