Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico DOCG – 2009

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  • Label

    • The Label:

      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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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.
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2009 vintage began with abundant precipitation until mid- June, followed by a long, hot, dry season lasting until October. Ripening was slow due to the heat and lack of rainfall, particularly in the vineyards with sandy soil.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 18-October 9
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 12 months in large oak casks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah
    • Production (in cases): 15,000 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 5,000
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and robust aromas of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish.



  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2009 – 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “…Juicy and refined on the palate, with red fruit flavors complemented by flowers and sweet spices. Finishes with pleasantly juicy, lively acidity that will keep you going back to the glass again and again…”

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2009

    The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and robust aromas of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish.

  • Chianti Classico DOCG – 2009 – 89 points – Wine Spectator

    “Very oaky, this red has a resinous quality overlaying its cherry and strawberry flavors. Tightly wound, this is rigid and tannic through the finish….”