he Seraselva 2015 was hand harvested in the last two weeks of September, and the first week of October. The wine was fermented in stainless steel, matured in a mix of new and used French barriques, and bottled in January 2017. In the glass, the wine has a saturated, dark ruby color, nearly opaque at the center, with flashes of bright crimson at the edge.
The blend of grapes is pure Left Bank Bordeaux (Graves, especially): 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. But the wine is remarkably, insistently Tuscan, with black currants, amarena cherries, incense, and rosemary moving in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with fresh white tobacco, balsam fir, black licorice, and a beautifully integrated component of oak that comes from the mix of new and used barriques, as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is spectacular: juicy and opulent, with a dense sweet core of brambly black fruit seasoned with crushed peppercorns, eucalyptus, and mint, all perfectly framed in sleek, graceful, micro fine-grained tannins.
About this wine producer: There are eighteen contiguous hectares of sloping schistose-clay vineyards that are among the highest in Chianti, and perfectly sheltered from the Tramontane (north wind) by the surrounding oak forest. Alessandro Masnaghetti, the brilliant taster, journalist, and publisher of Enogea, believes that Poggio al Sole is one of the top three vineyard sites in Chianti Classico.
The Davaz family, which acquired Poggio al Sole in 1990, has grown wine in the Bündner Herrschaft in Switzerland since the 1970s. The eighteen hectares of sloping vineyards are the highest in Chianti, and are perfectly sheltered from the Tramontane by the surrounding oak forest. Documents in the archives of the abbey of Badia a Passignano, which owned Poggio al Sole until the 1960s, show that olives and wine were grown there as early as the 12th century.