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Castello di Meleto
Vigna Casi Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

This single vineyard wine is named after the vineyard which is distinguished by two groups of small homes that remain to this day on the edge of the plot. While the vineyard is 62 acres in size, the grapes destined for Vigna Casi are harvested from the central 15 or so acres of the vineyard.  How many grapes are harvested specifically for this wine varies from vintage to vintage, ­depending on the growing season.

Owner: Viticola Toscana S.p.A.
Website: www.castellomeleto.com
Winemaker: Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Sangiovese

Vineyard Location: Gaiole in Chianti, Siena
Orientation: West, South, South west
Elevation: 400 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 1990 -1995
Trellising: Spurred cordon and alberello
Vines/Acre: 5,000/Ha

Harvest and selection by hand; maceration and spontaneous ­fermentation at a maximum temperature of 78-82ºF in wooden vats with delestage and pump-over; malolactic ­fermentation in cement vats

Aging Process
Half of the wine is aged in 52 and 54 hl Slavonian oak botte, the other half is aged in second- or third-use 225L barrique for 18 months, ­depending on the vintage; bottle refined for 6 months

Tasting Notes
Color: Bright purple color, with the tendency to develop garnet hues with aging
Bouquet: Attractive aromas of violet, cherries and berries on the nose matched with pleasant spicy notes.
Flavor: Round and velvety palate, very elegant, sustained by thick but non-aggressive tannins. Long intense finish.
Pairings: Pairs well with long-cooked meats, game and aged cheeses

Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 56-62°F
Production: 20,000 bottles