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Fattoria del Cerro
Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG

The Chianti DOCG designation applies to all Chianti wines other than those made from grapes grown in the Chianti Classico area. This appellation covers six specific sub-zones, such as Chianti Rufina and Chianti Colli Senesi, by far the largest of the sub-zones. It extends west and south of the classico zone and encompasses vineyards around San Gimignano, Montalcino and ­Montepulciano among others. The warmer microclimate of the southern part of Colli Senesi, ­enables producers to make relatively full-bodied Chianti wines.

Fattoria del Cerro has 50 acres of these vineyards are in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation. ­Comprehensive in their diversity, the different expositions of the vineyards allow for a rigorous selection of the best grapes to make top quality wines.

Owner: Unipol Assicurazioni S.p.A.
Website: www.tenutedelcerro.it
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 90% Sangiovese,10% Canaiolo Nero

Vineyard Location: Selected vineyards south of Siena
Elevation: 350- 450 m a.s.l.
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Vines/Acre: 3,300 (older vineyards); 5,000/Ha
Soil: Pliocene origin, with shells, stones, and some clay content

Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for approximately seven days with pump-overs and, when necessary, delestages; malolactic formation is carried out in steel

Aging Process
A short period of three months maximum in Slavonian oak casks ­followed by a few months in bottle

Tasting Notes
Color: Vivid ruby red color, slight purplish hues
Bouquet: Fruity with hints of wild black cherry, cherry and a delicate balsamic and herbal finish
Flavor: Soft and however full bodied with excellent persistence
Pairings: Best served with first course dishes, meat and mushroom ­sauces, veal stews and roast chicken

Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Serving Temperature: 60-62°F
Production: 160,000 bottles