Chianti Classico DOCG – 2007
The Chianti Classico label features the Commenda di Sant’Eufrosino, the second of four churches built within the city’s walls. Attributed to Italian architect and sculptor Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472), the church was built in 1443 by request of the Canigiani family who lived in Volpaia. One of the family members wished to join the Knights of Malta, a religious order and military brotherhood ruled by a Grand Master that answered only to the Pope. The Knights of Malta required that the Canigianis build a church in Volpaia before joining the religious order. The Commenda was deconsecrated in 1932 and declared a national monument in 1981. For 13 years, until 1993, the Commenda housed a renowned art collection. The Commenda is now used for dinners, tastings and other events and its basement contains one of Volpaia’s barrel-aging cellars.
- The Label:
- Vineyards: Campo a Pitti, Campo alla Fonte (Syrah), Casavecchia, Castellino, Campo a Prato, Montanino, Pratolino, Santa Caterina (Merlot and Sangiovese), Santa Maria Novella, Vignavecchia
- Appellation: Tuscany
- Cultivation: Certified organic
- Vine Age: Planted 1970-2004
- Soil: All vineyards have light soil consisting of sandstone except Campo alla Fonte, which is sandstone and clay, and Castellino and Santa Maria Novella, which are composed of clay.
- Elevation: On slopes between 470 and 600 meters (1,300 and 1,970 feet)
- Exposure: A range of southern exposures
- Density: 2,564-5,006 vines/hectare (1,038-2,306 vines/acre)
- Training: Volpaia uses cane pruning in all of its vineyards except Santa Caterina, which uses single-arched cane and Santa Maria Novella, which uses spur pruning.
A mild winter and spring started the year with normal temperatures but sparse rainfall. Summer was hot and dry with temperatures dropping slightly in August and rising in September, resulting in low yields with great quality and concentration.
- Harvest Date(s): September 13-October 3
- Barrel Aging: 12 months in oak casks and French barrels
- Varietal Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah
- Cases Imported: 2,600
- Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 13%
The Chianti Classico is a vivid ruby color with strong aromas of fresh red fruit and hints of cherry. It is a well-structured wine with a juicy finish.
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2007 – 88 points – The Wine Advocate
"Volpaia is a great source for elegant, fragrant Chiantis made in a mid-weight style. The 2007 Chianti Classico is a pretty, well-balanced wine...Clean, mineral notes provide a lovely counterpoint to the ripe, floral fruit."
Chianti Classico DOCG – 2007 – 88 points – Wine Enthusiast
"Delicate and elegant with a wide array of small berry aromas, Volpaia offers an immensely food-friendly wine that reflects the traditions of Chianti Classico. The wine's ruby color is attractive and bright...ends with a cooling blast of freshness."