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2020 Harvest: the winemaker’s words

(…read here previous episodes)  It is always the very last weeks of the grapes ripening season to determine the final quality of the vintage. The 2020 vintage was not easy from a qualitative point of view although the conditions were excellent up to 3 weeks before harvest.  With the late September and early October rains, everything got complicated. Having a large extension of vineyards, every year we find different expressions in our SANGIOVESE vineyards: this year more than ever the location...

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2020 Harvest: updating from the vineyards

(…read here previous episodes)  Harvest is still on: we harvested about 5,000 quintals of grapes over 100 hectares - low yields (less than 45 quintals/hectare) our FORECAST is confirmed. There are approximately 50 hectares of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Petit Verdot still to pick. We started to harvest the best Sangiovese grapes for our  Riserva Chianti Classico:  great SATISFACTION, the Sangiovese grapes are still healthy and beautiful, despite the repeated rains. The CONCERN is fairly represented by the water-soaked soil, in some vineyards we...

Approching 2020 harvest

Approching harvest is a highlight of the year in a winery. A path that comes to an end. The climate, the choices that were made and the work of the whole season will be summed up in each bunch of grapes that we will pick. The grapes that we will bring to the cellar will be this year’s first report card. It was a favorable season by a climatic point of view - both in terms of rainfall, abundant in autumn and early spring,...

What a Sangiovese!

[caption id="attachment_57637" align="alignleft" width="150"] Bellezza, Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, Sangiovese, single vineyard[/caption] What a beauty this Sangiovese (what a sangiovese this ‘Bellezza’)! This elegant and captivating wine fully expresses the sangiovese grape rich potential:  it’s complex and powerful, vibrant and round, muscular and graceful, fresh and soft. The Sangiovese is like a female, only when she finds the ideal balance in her life she can express her full potentialities and reveal all her power and delicacy, charm and sensuality. Bellezza grapes grow in the...

Harvest in progress

In spite of the difficult vintage (a late spring frost, hot and dry summer…) some excellence is coming to the cellar! We are picking up the second choice (first quality) Sangiovese grapes,  it will then be the turn of Cabernet Sauvignon to  complete the harvest. In the oldest vineyards the Sangiovese - so delicate, sensitive, capricious but resolute - has unsheathed its defenses and has brilliantly recovered even under stress. It will tell us about this vintage too. What an extraordinary grape! The fermentations take...

COLORINO

[caption id="attachment_56491" align="alignleft" width="300"] Castello di Gabbiano Le Selezioni: COLORINO[/caption] Coming soon by Castello di Gabbiano  ‘Le Selezioni’ collection: Colorino The first label in our new project: a selection of single varietal grapes wines from the estate vineyards. The project involves only those varietals that do not play a primary role in the renowned estate wines . Only the best grapes in the best vintages for each varietal. Small production each grape, just to let it tell us….! Let’s listen to Colorino: this old indigenous  grape...

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The Chianti Classico

We share a very well done article about Chianti Classico: the author is Jane Lopes. We appreciated the knowledge, understanding, clarity and the ability to communicate the reality of our name!  Let's read it: "Reconsidering Chianti Classico" Condividiamo un articolo ben fatto sul Chianti Classico: l’autrice è Jane Lopes. Abbiamo apprezzato la conoscenza, la comprensione, la lucidità e la capacità di comunicare la realtà della nostra denominazione! Eccolo: "Reconsidering Chianti Classico"...

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