Gabriele Buondonno established in 1988 a winery on a terrain known under the name of Casavecchia alla Piazza, a terrain anciently purchased by Michelangelo Buonarroti himself in 1549 in order to produce wine. The vineyards, grown with a biological approach, lay at a 425 meters altitude soil of medium depth, with a stony and calcareous soil.
Chianti Classico Riserva, produced only in the best years, is a selection of the best Sangiovese grapes coming from the oldest vineyards of south-facing Cavecchia vine and northeast-facing Sicellino vine (this one planted in the ’70s).
After the manual harvest the grapes are soft-crushed, then they ferment spontaneously, with indigenous yeasts, in concrete tanks and macerate for at least 4 weeks, in contact with the skins. Ageing takes about 24 months in Slavonian 5/25 hl oak barrels, where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, followed by 6 months of final refinement in bottle.
This deep ruby red 2016 vintage shows aromas of cocktail cherry, wild blackberry, dried prune, blood orange and rose and violet petals with twists of wild spices, helichrysum, leather and humus. The mouthfeel is characterized by a slight note of volatile acidity which underlines and exalts the glycerol, rotund and savory sensation, with a side of tannins leading to a joyous fruity finish.
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