Sangiovese 75%, Merlot 25%
33°C – 35° C. – Maceration period: 18 days
18 months in barriques – Bottle ageing: 6 months
|Gambero Rosso 2001|
|Wine Spectator 2001||92/100|
Casalferro is a wine with a modern approach evidencing the Ricasoli Barons’ role as innovators in wine growing. The wine exalts the features of the Sangiovese in combination with Merlot and its long lineage.
Gaiole in Chianti
The grapes come from vineyards set 350 – 400 meters above sea level, mainly from the vineyard of the same name with southwest exposure, with a predominance of calcareous sandstone and Alberese stone.
A spring of heavy rains was followed by a long, hot summer with high temperatures for about 40 days, which partly slowed the plant development. A cool September brought the red grapes to perfect maturation and they were harvested starting mid-month. The Merlot used for the Casalferro was harvested starting September 15 and the Sangiovese starting September 28. The harmonious richness of polyphenols, acidity and alcohol produced wines of nice structure and excellent balance.
An expansive bouquet in which red berries, violet, and wilted rose can be discerned. The body is caressing with nice tannins, a long lingering finish.