Produced from hand-harvested grapes, this Chianti is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. For 17 months, 50% of the wine is aged in barriques, while the other 50% is aged in larger oak barrels. In the glass, the nose exhibits aromas of ripe cherries, crushed violets, fresh hay, and balsam fir. The palate is characterized by ripe red and black fruit flavors, with smooth round tannins and refined minerality.
About this wine producer: Swiss architect Wendelin Gelpke acquired Corzano in 1969, and shortly thereafter added Paterno in 1974. Together, these two areas now comprise the estate of Fattoria Corzano e Paterno. The 140 hectare (346 acre) working farm produces wine, olive oil, and artisanal sheep cheeses, while also sharing the Tuscan region with guests at their agriturismo. Today, the 17 hectares (42 acres) of vineyards are in the hands of Wendelin Gelpke’s nephew, Aljoscha Goldschmidt, and his daughter, Arianna Gelpke, who are both enologists that manage the vineyards and wine production in the cellar.