CASALFERRO 1996

TOSCANA IGT

GRAPE VARIETY

Sangiovese

FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE

33°C – 35° C. – Maceration period: 18 days

AGEING

18 months in barriques – Bottle ageing: 6 months

BOTTLING DATE

June 1998

Vintage Awards
Gambero Rosso 1999
Wine Spectator 1999 90/100
Information

Casalferro is a wine with a modern approach evidencing the Ricasoli Barons’ role as innovators in wine growing. The wine exalts the features of the Sangiovese in combination with Merlot and its long lineage.

PRODUCTION AREA
Gaiole in Chianti

The grapes come from vineyards set 350 – 400 meters above sea level, mainly from the vineyard of the same name with southwest exposure, with a predominance of calcareous sandstone and Alberese stone.

PRODUCTION
110,000 bottles

Growing Season

An uncommon summer of frequent rains was followed by a long succession of beautiful days with high temperatures from late August throughout October that made for optimal ripening of the Sangiovese. The reds of this vintage are large and round with a nice texture of tannins.

Tasting Notes

For the first time in the Casalferro grape mix, Sangiovese appears with Merlot, in a blend that matches this wine’s defining great structure with a truly rare softness and depth of tannins.