Caspiolo is made with an unknown Canaiolo clone we found in a vineyard planted in 1973. Canaiolo is traditionally blended in Chianti Classico, but from the moment the grapes were being crushed we knew we had something special. Made from 100% Canaiolo, Caspiolo is an exciting addition to the Tenuta Cappellina range.
The hot weather conditions in 2012 gave us exceptional results for the Canaiolo grapes, probably because it generally is sensitive to oidium and other fungi, which are neutralized by hot and dry weather. We only made 1200 bottles of this wine.
Grape Varieties: 100% Canaiolo.
Harvest: September 11th – October 10th.
Ageing: 12 months in used 225-litre barriques.
Bottling: May 2014.
Harvest Report: 2012 was our first vintage. It was a very hot summer, and the heat certainly affected the grapes. We also lost a lot of buds and grapes to roe-deer who tend to venture out of the woods when short of food. The Merlot suffered the heat, with grapes becoming over-ripe and jammy, but the Syrah, which stands up to heat much better, was exceptional, though we only made little more than two barriques. The heat almost stopped the ripening of the Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Cabernet, so the welcome rain in early September meant the grapes were late but perfectly ripe, without any over-ripening. The 2012 harvest started on September 11th and finished on October 10th, and it was interrupted by occasional rainy days, which never caused any difficulties.
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