Castello di Volpaia

Tuscany, Italy

Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2000

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  • Introduction

    • History
      Since the Middle Ages, Vin Santo (“holy wine”) has been an important part of Tuscan wine history. There are many theories about the origin of its name. A legend from Siena tells of a friar who in 1348 cured the sick with the wine normally used by the brothers to celebrate mass. Word spread that this was a miraculous wine, leading to the name “santo” — although another less picturesque explanation cannot be ruled out, which is simply the association of this wine with its customary use during the mass. The recognition of the D.O.C. Vin Santo del Chianti in August 1997 marked an important stage in the quality evaluation of this highly traditional Tuscan wine.

  • Label

    • The Label:

      The Vinsanto del 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

    • Casalino
      The high altitude and greater temperature change between night and day are the perfect conditions to extract a great variety of perfumes of the white grapes.

    • County Composition: Trebbiano and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti
    • Size: 1.53 acres
    • Vine Age: Planted 1988
    • Soil: Sandstone and clay with very tiny rocks
    • Elevation: 2,130 ft.
    • Exposure: South
    • Density: 2,306 vines/acre
    • Training: Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • The year was characterized by a hot, dry summer which ripened the grapes early and dried some slightly. Volpaia started picking in ideal conditions in early September and was finished by the end of the month. The 2000 wines have an intense color and a bouquet of very ripe fruit, occasionally with a whiff of jam. They are well-structured and generally very pleasing.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 20–25, 2000
  • Vinification

    • Towards the end of the growing season, before Volpaia harvested its white grapes, the winery picked the best bunches of Trebbiano and Malvasia to go into the Vinsanto. The grapes were taken to the winery’s Vinsantaia, a special attic where the bunches were hung from the rafters and dried. The windows were kept open in the Vinsantaia for the next few months, ensuring that the air in the large room was constantly being circulated. On February 10, once the grapes’ sugar levels were high enough, they were pressed and the juice put through a natural process of clarification. The highly-concentrated must was then fermented in small caratelli oak barrels already containing madre (“mother”) — a remnant of the thick residue left over from Vinsanto that had already been bottled — for five years.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Trebbiano, Malvasia del Chianti
    • Production (in cases): 250 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/375ml
    • Cases Imported: 60 cases
    • Alcohol: 17.0%
    • TA: 7.5 g/L
    • RS: 130 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The Vinsanto has a rich, amber color. It is a full, balanced wine with an intense, spicy, long nose.



  • Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2000

    The Vinsanto has a rich, amber color. It is a full, balanced wine with an intense, spicy, long nose.

  • Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2000 – 86 points – Wine Spectator

    “Lemon peel, almond and butter undertones. Full, sweet and nutty. A bit oxidized, but fun. Drink now.”

  • Vinsanto del Chianti Classico DOC – 2000 – 90 points – The Wine Advocate

    “The 2000 Vin Santo, a deep amber, presents slightly oxidized notes of honey, roasted nuts, toffee, dried roses and candied orange peel. Medium in body, it offers excellent length and a long, clean finish....”