CHIANTI SUPERIORE 2016
Chianti Superiore DOCG ( Controlled Appellation )
The 2016 vintage was characterized by a mild spring with abundant rainfall. These climatic conditions caused a delay in the bud break, and in the flowering which followed, of approximately ten to fifteen days compared to the previous vintage. The summer, warm and dry on the whole, assisted in allowing the vines to rebalance their cycle of growth and development. The important temperature swings from daytime heat to evening and nighttime coolness registered from the second half of August on favored an excellent initial phase of ripening. The Sangiovese harvest began during the period from September 10th to September 20th.
Fermentation and Aging
The grapes, once they reached the cellars, were given separate treatments: one part fermented at a temperature of 77° Fahrenheit (25° centigrade) to maximize the extraction of soft tannins and maintain the fruitiness of the grapes’ aromas. The other part, instead, more important in size, remained in contact with its skins for ten to twelve days at a temperature of 86° Fahrenheit (30° centigrade). In addition, the skins in the tank were bathed to increase the flavor complexity. The Chianti Superiore Santa Cristina began to bottled from mid-December 2017 on.
High on a Tuscan hillside, not far from Siena and Perugia, sits the historic town of Cortona. A vast plain extends on one side and on the other, the hill and village. This is the beautiful panorama one can savor from the Santa Cristina winery, established in 2006 to strengthen and renew the tradition of crafting its eponymous wine, 60 years after its first vintage in 1946. Over time, Santa Cristina has become a reference point for winemaking experts as well as wine enthusiasts due to our commitment to achieving quality. The diligent care taken in vineyard and cellar management have always been our incentive to continue with innovation and research in exploring indigenous as well as international grape varieties. The resulting family of wines are original yet highly distinguishable for their unmistakable artisanal style, proof of the enduring connection between vineyards, terroir and man’s dedication to the land. Chianti Superiore was born in an appellation that boasts nearly a century of history, this wine has velvety soft tannins, great freshness, and deeply reflects the area of production.
The Chianti Superiore Santa Cristina shows a ruby red color with purple highlights. The nose is complex with notes of violets and cherries well integrated with hints of spices. The palate is soft and enveloping with velvety tannins, and the finish and aftertaste are long and savory.
Wine Spectator – 90/100 – Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2015