CHIANTI SUPERIORE 2017
Chianti Superiore DOCG (controlled appellation)
The 2017 vintage, from the climatic point of view, was marked by weather which was, on the whole, hot and dry, with some occasional but important episodes of rainfall. These conditions led to an early bud burst in the vineyard and an anticipation of all the subsequent phases of vine growth and development which followed. The Sangiovese harvest began in mid-September, earlier than in 2016. The quality of the harvest grapes was a high one, the overall level a notable one.
Fermentation and aging
The harvested grapes, upon arrival in the cellars, were given a series of different treatments, a part fermenting from seven to eight days at temperatures held to 77° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade) to maximize he fruity aromas of the crop. The other part, the larger one, was given ten to twelve days of skin contact at temperatures of 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade) and a regular soft bathing of the skins in order to increase flavor complexity. After the malolactic fermentation, which took place during the month of November, part of the production was aged in small oak barrels and another part in stainless steel tanks. The Chianti Superiore Sana Cristina began to be bottled during the month of November, 2018.
The ancient town of Cortona rises on a high hill not far from the cities of Siena and Perugia. On one side the wide plain, on the other side the hill and its hamlet. This is the view which can be enjoyed from the Santa Cristina cellars, constructed in 2006 to confirm and renew the tradition of the wine of the same name, first produced in the year 1946. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for connoisseurs, and not merely these consumers, thanks a constant commitment to high quality. The care and attention always given to both the vineyard work and the work in the cellar have been the stimulus for constant innovation and for measuring professional work and capacities with both native and international grape varieties. The result has been the creation of a family of wines, all different from one another but distinguished by the same artisan style, fruit of the indissoluble link between the vineyard, the terroir, and human contributions and input. The Chianti Superiore Santa Cristina bears a name which boasts almost a century of history, a name which stands for round tannins, great freshness, and a strong to the territory in which it is produced.
The Chianti Superiore Santa Cristina shows a ruby red color with purple highlights. The nose is complex, with notes of cherries and plums well integrated to others of toasted oak and vanilla deriving from the aging in small barrels. The palate is ample and supple with velvety tannins. The finish and aftertaste are long and savory.