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Castello di Meleto
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG

The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG is a new appelation which became effective in January 2013. It represents the maximum quality of Chianti wines with grapes coming excusively from the wineries best vineyards. The label illustrates an old painting which enhances the majesty and prestige of Castello di Meleto: the Castle, built as a fortified tower to protect the people and later on converted to a noble residence, symbolizes the magnitude, opulence and complexity of the surrounding territory.

Owner: Viticola Toscana S.p.a.
Website: www.castellomeleto.com
Winemaker: Matteo Menicacci and Emiliano Falsini
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard Location: Parcels within Casi, S. Piero e Meleto
Orientation: South
Elevation: 400 m a.s.l.
Vines Planted: 5,000/Ha
Trellising: Spurred cordon
Vines/Acre: 5,000/Ha
Soil: Gravelly soil rich in galestro and alberese

Exceptional care in regards to thinning shoots, foliage canopy management and pruning. The harvest is done exclusively by hand with 10-kilogram bins. As soon as the grapes reach the cellar, they are refrigerated at a temperature of 8/10° C for at least 24 hours: this allows extending of the pre-fermentation maceration period for extraction purposes. After the fermentation in oak barrels, a long maceration period follows.

Aging Process
Aging occurs in second year French barriques for Cabernet Sauvignon, while we use second and third year barriques for the Sangiovese. The aging period varies from 14 to 18 months depending on the varietal and characteristics of the vintage. One year in the bottle before the release

Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby red color
Bouquet: Intense and complex nose with spicy and balsamic notes followed by red berry fruit aromas
Flavor: Fine, elegant tannins delight the palate announcing a pleasant and long aftertaste.
Pairings: Ideal with stew, game stew, aged cheeses

Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Serving Temperature: 56-62 °F
Production: 3,300 bts