Chianti Classico, Grosso Sanese, 2005

  Podere il Palazzino

The finest of Palazzino’s single vineyard cuvées from vines planted in 1973, aged in large alliers vats and smaller barriques. This shows typical Grosso Sanese energy, power and purity, sensationally vibrant cooling fruit flavours of raspberry, strawberry and red cherry, tinges of oregano and tobacco leaf, extremely refined, long and refreshing.

Contains Sulphites.

About Podere il Palazzino

The Sderci family purchased this ailing estate in 1972 in the prime Monti-Gaiole district of the Classico region. Through a great deal of hard work and investment, they have completely turned around its fortunes. A modern approach is taken here: all fermentation is temperature controlled, the older Chianti varieties of Trebbiano and Malvasi have been grubbed up in favour of Sangiovese, de-stalking and hand picking are also practised. The Sdercis have started to discover the varying terroirs and characteristics of their different vineyards, and are now vinifying ageing and bottling the produce of three of their vineyards separately. From the soft, floral Argenina, the powerful mineral Pieve to the sturdy, long-lived Grosso Sanese the wines display ripeness depth and structure without losing the native energy and complexity of the Sangiovese grape.

Grape Type: Sangiovese

Meaning Blood of Jove, or Jupiter, Sangiovese is the noble grape of Chianti, Carmignano, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montpulciano. A fussy grape to grow, but when done properly can produce some of the world’s most enthralling red wines. It can produce lively, sappy young reds with juicy, cherry flavours, as well as more concentrated, long-lived, oak-matured reds with superb, savoury, herb and spice flavours. Quality has soared over the last year as productive clones have been grubbed up and since the old practices of blending it with weak, lean white grape varieties have died down.