Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • Il Puro is Italian for “The Pure.” This elegant wine that is 100% Sangiovese, 100% indigenous clones, 100% organic, 100% Chianti Classico, zero emissions of CO2. Il Puro demonstrates how the vinification of a pure Sangiovese in the Chianti Classico produces the truest and most authentic representation of the terroir.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Casanova
    • Cultivation: Certified organic
    • Size: 0.56 hectare (1.38 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001
    • Clones: 25 indigenous Sangiovese clones
    • Soil: Sandstone
    • Elevation: 480 meters (1,575 feet)
    • Exposure: South-southeast
    • Density: 5,435 vines/hectare (2,200 vines/acre)
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • 2011 was a very hot, dry year, which made the phenolic phases — from budbreak to ripening — occur 10 days earlier than usual. Rain was concentrated in the month of June and was practically nonexistent for the remainder of the season. Vines were stressed by the heat and lack of rain, especially in the second half of August when temperatures reached their peak. Harvest was anticipated and required careful grape selection.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 11
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in new French oak (Allier)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sangiovese
    • Production Case Pack: 1/750ml (wooden box)
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 5.35g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense ruby color. The nose is elegant and characterized by fresh notes of cherry and violet typical of Sangiovese, accompanied by hints of vanilla and cacao. The mouth is soft, silky and intriguing with a fruity aftertaste and a long finish.



  • Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2011 – 94 points, Top 100 Italian Wines of 2016, #77 –

    “This is tight and dense with so much mushroom, cherry and bark aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a silky-textured finish. Very fine indeed.”

  • Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2011 – 93 points – Vinous

    “… rich, powerful and intense … distinctive ample frame and unctuous personality. Ripe red cherry, mint, chalk and dried flowers are some of the notes that open up as the wine gains volume with time in the glass. The 2011 offers notable richness... ”

  • Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2011 – 17 points –

    “‘… Brilliant mid ruby with orange tinges. Nutty peppery cherry nose with hints of oak. Supple fruit with lovely tannic bite and freshness on the finish. A little flirty because of the oak right now, but will improve.”

  • Il Puro, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – 2011 – 91 points – Wine Spectator

    "A fruity style, featuring cherry pie, plum, wild herb and earth flavors. The dense tannins are firm, while the chalky finish is long and mouthwatering."