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Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 – Tolaini

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 - Tolaini
Written by Piero Pardini

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Wine: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Vineyard: Montebello Sette
Alcoholic strength: 14.5% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Classification: D.O.C.G ..
Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Production: 60 qt./ha.
Production area: Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Soil: silt and clay with a considerable presence of skeleton.
Age of plants: vineyards planted in the spring of 2000.
Plant density: 7,350 plants per hectare.
Production: 13,000 bottles (2011); 13,000 bottles (2013).
Vinification: the grapes, harvested manually, undergo a double selection: first the bunches and the portions of the bunch are chosen, then grape by grape is selected. Only perfectly intact grapes are placed in steel tanks or conical wooden vats for fermentation.
Alcoholic fermentation: fermentation lasts 20 days, during which the temperature of the vats is controlled by computer. Replacements are carried out every 8 hours and one delestage per week. Fermentation follows a short period of post-fermentation maceration.
Malolactic fermentation: The malolactic fermentation is carried out in conical wooden vats of 48 hl or in tonneaux.
Aging: the wine remains for 18 months in wood, 6 of which on its fine lees. This is followed by a further 6 months of refinement in steel and 6 months of refinement in the bottle.

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 - Tolaini

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Tasting Notes
Clear sample, with an intense ruby red color, with garnet reflections, of good consistency.
On the nose the bouquet of hints is broad. Floral note of red rose, ripe fruits such as morello cherries, sour cherries and wild berries. Aromas of ground spices such as juniper berries, black pepper and cloves; hints of pipe tobacco, coffee powder and leather, scents of the undergrowth such as soil, mushroom with balsamic fern endings.
Fresh sip, of moderate sapidity, fairly balanced in its parts, of fine quality.
It is recommended in combination with stewed sheep, flavored with juniper berries and bay leaf with a side of polenta.

3 Lupetti

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Tolaini Societa’ Agricola s.r.l.
Strada Provinciale 9 di Pievasciata, 28
Loc Vallenuova 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI)
Phone +39 0577 356972

About the author

Piero Pardini

Founder and editor of "The Wolf Post", Italian based International digital wine platform.
Freelance Journalist.
Wine critic and Sommelier.
He has also written about sports and technology for some specialized magazines.
Co-author of the authorized biography "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.

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