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Castello di Meleto
Chianti Classico DOCG
Toscana

With the 2010 vintage, Castello di Meleto’s Chianti Classico refocuses its effort on a more ­territorial style.  The addition of Alicante, a native varietal of the region, brings a more traditional identity to this wine, lending a round, smooth character to the palate.


Owner: Viticola Toscana S.p.A.
Website: www.castellomeleto.com
Winemaker: Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 95% Sangiovese, 5% Malvasia Nera

Vineyard Location: San Piero and Casanova, Gaiole in Chianti
Orientation: South east, South, South west
Elevation: 360-450 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1970 - 2000
Trellising: Spurred cordon, guyot and alberello
Vines/Acre: 5,000/Ha
Soil: Gravelly soil rich in galestro and alberese

Vinification
Grapes are destemmed and lightly presse. Maceration on the skins for 15-20 days. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 7-10 days at 25-28 °C. Malolactic fermentation in concrete vats

Aging Process
12 months in 52 and 54 hl Slavonian oak barrels. Six months in the bottle prior to release.

Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby red
Bouquet: Intense notes of cherry on the nose, typical of the grape, with hints of flowers and vanilla.
Flavor: Velvety, enveloping palate with rounded tannins. Good structure with an excellent balance and long pleasant finish.
Pairings: Excellent with roasted meat, game and semi to well-aged cheeses.

Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 62°F