Sangiovese 75%, Merlot 25%
33° C – Maceration period: 18 days for Sangiovese, 16 for Merlot
18 months in barriques – Bottle ageing: 4 months
|Gambero Rosso 2003|
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.
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.
Following a relatively mild and rainy spring came an unusually cool summer lasting until mid-August. Starting with the 15th of August, however, there was a hot spell that lasted 15 days. In the grapes already nearly fully mature, there was a considerable reduction in juice resulting in a more highly concentrated level of sugars.
The harvest was begun early with Merlot on August 28th and Sangiovese on September 25th.
The wine that in 1993, has re-launched Barone Ricasoli as fine premium wine producer, stands today out with a great balance and a round and elegant body.