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Chianti Classico, 2013. Castello Di Albola

Chianti Classico, 2013. Castello Di Albola

Item #: XR6863E
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
Vineyard/Appellation: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione D.O.C.G., Italy
Color: Ruby Red
Nose: Elegant lily notes and hints of spices
Palate: Decisive
Finish: Long and lingering finish
Rating: 93
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now thru 2024

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The Acciaiuoli family of Florence built the estate of Castello di Albola in the 15th century. The property is situated only 30 minutes outside of Siena in the commune of Radda in Chianti. It has the highest elevation of any vineyard throughout the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation. There is a total of 2,100 acres, 390 of which are dedicated to vineyards. The soils are clay and limestone, with good drainage.

Fermented in steel vats at a controlled temperature where it is left to macerate for three weeks. After malolactic fermentation, half the wine is allowed to mature in barriques while the other half is put in large sessile oak barrels for 14 months. This is followed by aging in the bottle for a year and a half.