Chianti and Chianti Classico: A Wine in the Heart of Tuscany
Chianti and Chianti Classico are known as the beating heart of Tuscan viticulture. These are two contiguous but distinct areas were defined as early as 1716 by Cosimo III de ‘Medici and are home to two of the best-known wine denominations in the world. The distinction is merely temporal, given that Chianti Classico is considered as the historic production area of this wine. This is followed by the production of two other bordering areas that reach the provinces of Pisa and Arezzo, where Chianti Classico extends in part of the provinces of Florence and Siena.
In Carpineto we have a Chianti or a Chianti Classico for every palate. Our historical headquarters is in Dudda, a hamlet of Greve in Chianti just in the heart of the Chianti Classico. And it is here that we produce the entire gamut of this denomination: Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. Finally, outside this area we produce Chianti Castaldo. Let’s get to know them one by one.
Let’s start with Chianti Castaldo which is born from Sangiovese grapes (like every Chianti, whether classic or not), Canaiolo and other varieties authorized by the DOP. Chianti Castaldo is a soft wine, of medium structure and ready to drink, and best when accompanied by typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition. It has floral and fresh red fruit scents that evolve with age, passing from the crispness of fruit to hints of jam. It is ideal for a pleasant drink, perhaps in equally pleasant company.
Next up, we will enter the heart of the historic production of this denomination. Chianti Classico is an intense wine, with hints of violet, berries and cherries. It has a soft, velvety and harmonious flavor and a great potential for evolution, with its good body and its pronounced structure.
This potential for evolution extends even further to our Chianti Reserva which is aged in oak barrels of different capacities and origins. The Chianti Classico Riserva releases all the elegance and persistence of its grape variety of origin. Harmonious and elegant, with great evolutionary potential, it has ample hints ranging from raspberry to spices, toasted hints of vanilla. The olfactory variety is confirmed at every sip, which is pleasant, full and balanced with tannins that are present but never invasive.
At the very tip of this Chianti pyramid lies the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione with its superb elegance. This wine comes from five-star harvests, with grapes that are hand-picked to preserve their characteristics and integrity. The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ages in 225-liter barriques for about 18 months and is then aged for quite some time in its individual bottle at a constant temperature and humidity. The color, even after years, is an intense ruby red, with a strong anthocyanin concentration. The scents on the nose are: berries, spice, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, all of which multiply throughout the evolutionary process. The flavor is warm and harmonious, balanced and very elegant. This is a worthy wine that releases all its power and, at the same time, its finesse in every sip.