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Castello di Meleto
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico DOC

During the Middle Ages, Gaiole was an important market place, developed along the road for Valdarno. The numerous castles and parish churches in the area bear witness to an intense and prosperous agricultural and commercial activity. Among the castles, is the Castello di Meleto with its two majestic rounded angular towers. DOC rules require that vin santo age for at least three years, however Castello di Meleto ages its vin santo an additional year or two to give it a more complex character.

Owner: Viticola Toscana S.p.A.
Website: www.castellomeleto.com
Winemaker: Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini
Type: Dessert
Varietals: 90% Trebbiano, 5% Sangiovese and 5% Malvasia

Vineyard Location: Meleto and S.Piero
Orientation: west
Elevation: 400 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1972-1974
Trellising: Guyot
Vines/Acre: 3,500/Ha
Soil: Limestone mixed with sandstone

Harvest and selection by hand; grapes are naturally dried in well - ventilated rooms followed by fermentation and aging in barrels of different woods, which are sealed and kept in rooms with shifting temperatures

Aging Process
4-5 years in mixed wood casks, “caratelli” of 60, 100, 120 L

Tasting Notes
Color: Amber
Bouquet: Typical nose of dried fruits, honey, apricot, with notes of vanilla and spices
Flavor: Full and velvety, great structure and roundness. Long and persistent finish with a hint of well-balanced acidity
Pairings: Cold as an aperitif, at “room temperature” as a dessert wine, excellent with almond biscuits “cantuccini”.

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 54-57°F
Production: 5,400 bts