Chianti Classico is the wine that best expresses the territory we are in, the result of centuries of tradition which we are proud to build on. Sangiovese grapes are extremely sensitive to differing climate and terrains, indeed few grapes are so able to interpret the characteristics of the soil in which they grow. This is what gives the Tenuta Cappellina Chianti Classico its distinctive flavours.
CHIANTI CLASSICO 2012
2012 was a very hot vintage. The summer drought caused the Sangiovese vines to shut down and block the ripening. This was a blessing in disguise because it prevented the grapes from shrivelling. After rains at the beginning of September they ripened beautifully.
Grape Varieties: 80% Sangiovese, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Canaiolo.
Harvest: September 11th – October 10th.
Ageing: Sangiovese 12 months in 33 Hl Sangiovese: 12 months in 33 Hl “botte” barrel and used 225-litre barriques; Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo: 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.
REVIEWS AND AWARDS
by Antonio Galloni
by ``Wine Enthusiast``
CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013
The cool weather in 2013 helped the early-ripening Merlot, whereas the heat-loving Canaiolo did not give sufficient quality to be included in the blend.
Grape Varieties: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot.
Harvest: September 26th – October 16th.
Ageing: Sangiovese 12 months in 33 Hl barrel; Cabernet Sauvignon 12 months in barriques – 90% neutral, 10% new; Merlot: steel.
Bottling: January 2016.
Harvest Report: Very wet, with repeated rainfalls during the summer, which required severe green harvest and spraying of sulphur and copper. Total production was Hl 283,4 from 10 hectares. Fortunately good weather during harvest and selective picking (up to three different selections in each vineyard) rewarded us for the hard work in the vineyards during the ripening season. Compared to 2012, we made wines more typical of our territory: full-bodied, warm with a silky tannin structure.
REVIEWS AND AWARDS
CHIANTI CLASSICO 2014
The blend in 2014 cannot be more traditional, consisting almost exclusively of Sangiovese with a small percentage of the native variety Canaiolo to give it the perfect fresh element.
Harvest Report: Frequent rain and low average temperatures required several rigorous sprayings of copper and sulphur, and the thinning of leaves in front of the grapes to allow better airing and keep them dry. Despite hard work in the vineyard, we learned that fresh vintages like 2014 go very well with our terroir, as we are in one of the warmest areas in the Chianti Classico appellation. The harvest took place without any rain, and we picked two selections of Sangiovese, at a distance of a fortnight from each other. The 2014 wines are elegant and powerful at the same time, with an acidity that gives them freshness and drinkability. A unique vintage with a unique character.