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Castello di Volpaia Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2014 (Tuscany, Italy)
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG 2017 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WE 92] [JS 92] [WS 90]

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Winery: Volpaia
Varietal: Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca del Chianti
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 375 ml


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About the Wine:
Scintillating amber. It is a full, balanced wine with intense, of cane sugar, apricot jam and sultan grapes. Warm and luscious with almond finish.

There are many theories around the origin of the name of this wine but most likely the name comes from the use of this wine during the Mass. In February the dried grapes of Trebbiano and Malvasia are softly pressed. The must is then slowly fermented with indigenous yeats for 5 years to produce Volpaia's Vinsanto. The drying of the grapes and the wine aging happen in the Vinsantaia, an attic, where the extreme temperature excurtions help the slow evolution of the Vinsanto.

Vin Santo is still produced using the same labor-intensive process that was used hundreds of years ago. Towards the end of the growing season, before Volpaia harvested its white grapes, the winery picked the best bunches of Trebbiano and Malvasia to go into the Vinsanto. The grapes were taken to the winery’s Vinsantaia (left), a special attic where the bunches were hung from chains tied to the rafters and dried. The grapes are never touched during the maturation process. The windows were kept open in the Vinsantaia for the next few months, ensuring that the air in the large room was constantly being circulated. On February 10, once the grapes’ sugar levels were high enough, they were pressed and the juice put through a natural process of clarification. The highly-concentrated must was then fermented in small caratelli oak barrels already containing madre (“mother”) – a remnant of the thick residue left over from Vinsanto that had already been bottled – for five years.

COMPOSITION: Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca del Chianti
ALCOHOL/T.A./R.S. 15% / 7,3g/L / 143g/L

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - James Suckling:
"Beautiful vin santo with dried oranges, toffee, salted peanuts and walnuts. It’s medium-bodied and very sweet, yet bright and energetic with focused fruit and apple toffee crumble aftertaste. Drink now." - (26 Jun, 2020)

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