Located in the southern part of Chianti Classico, this historic estate has been owned by the Martini di Cigala family since 1914. Led by Elisabetta, Francesco and Luca, and with the help of enologist Attilio Pagli and agronomist Ruggero Mazzilli, the winery emphasizes organic practices. After a challenging start to the growing season, with heavy rains until mid-June, summer and early fall delivered optimal weather to ripen the Sangiovese grapes. The wine macerated for 12 days, then was aged in a mix of barriques, 500-liter tonneaux and large oak casks for 10 months before bottling, refining in the bottle for six months before release.
This red offers a pure core of black currant, blackberry and violet flavors shaded by earth and mint notes. The tannins are uplifting and refined. This has terrific energy and balance, with a long, expansive aftertaste of fruit, earth and mineral. Should have a long life ahead. Sangiovese and Canaiolo. Best from 2021 through 2043.—Bruce Sanderson
- Tuscany, Italy
- Issue Date:
- Oct. 15, 2019