2009 Fattoria La Ripa Chianti Classico Riserva
"Colour: Dark ruby red;
Bouquet: Intense. very powerful, cherry, violet and spices
Flavour: Dry and savory. cherry and red berry fruits, tobacco, deep tannins, very well balanced.
La Ripa is located on the border between the territories of Florence and Siena, in the area of Barberino Val d’Elsa and Castellina in Chianti townships, in the heart of the High Chianti Classico zone, on the “Strada Provinciale dei Poggi” that goes from San Donato in Poggio to Castellina in Chianti, and has an extension of about 140 hectares. of which about 16 hectares are vineyards and about 12 hectares are written into the Register of Chianti Classico DOCG vineyards. The rest of the property is cultivated with olive groves and grains. A good surface is covered with forests.
The principal product of the winery is Chianti Classico DOCG Fattoria La Ripa and its Riserva, from the best Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes produced in the estate’s vineyards at an altitude of 400 m a.s.l. and with Southern exposure.
The Riserva of the Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Fattoria la Ripa is produced only using the best grapes of the vineyards, situated approx. 400m. (above sea level). Only grapes from La Leccia and La Stalla vineyards are used. The soil is low–fertile, with a framework of Galestro and Alberese stones, with a pH of approx. 8 and carbonates in excess of 40%.
The vineyards are nurtured using the “Archetto Toscano”(Guyot) system and have a density of roughly 4000 plants per hectare. The maximum production per hectare is 7000 kg. of grapes.
The vinification process is of the traditional method, with tumultuous fermentation accompanied by numerous “délestages” and is followed by the traditional “Governo” in the Tuscan style and by the Malo-lactic fermentation. The aging process begins in oak casks for about 2 years, followed by refinement in bottle (minimum 4 months)." - Winery