Podere Il Palazzino: two Chianti Classico wines
Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese 2008
This is the “flag wine” of the estate and it reflects the traditional style of Podere Il Palazzino. The blend is 100% Sangiovese. It was initially produced as a “supertuscan” before being made as a Chianti Classico. This wine stems from a vineyard of an extension of approximately two hectares next to the homestead. The vines were planted in 1973. The exposure, a lovely south/south-east, and the microclimate are particularly suitable for growing grapes making this vineyard very special. The soil is clayey and skeletal (rich in marl and limestone). The drainage is consequently good and the vines do not suffer from hydric stress. The vineyard stands at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level on a plateau where the temperature is even and this favours a perfect ripening of the grapes. The limestone in the soil makes the wines extremely elegant.
The grape yield is limited to 5-6 tons/hectare and an average of 10,000 bottles are produced each year. The grapes are usually harvested during the first week of October by hand and the clusters are carefully selected. The alcoholic fermentation is carried out in oak truncated cone shaped vats. The maceration with the skins usually lasts for approximately thirty days, the wine is then racked off into barriques where the malolactic fermentation is completed.
The wine is aged in oak for 14-18 months: a preliminary ageing phase in barriques is followed by ageing in large Allier oak casks (of a capacity of 13-25 hectolitres). The wine is finished in the bottle for further six months before being bottled.
The 2008 vintage: the winter was mild and rainy and the budding phase of the vines started normally. The springtime was rainy during the flowering phase and this slowed down the (fruit) setting phase so that the grape yield was lower. The summer was very warm, but there were some rains at the end of August and in September. This determined a good veraison and an excellent ripening of the grapes. The nights were cool and this favoured the colour of the berries and an excellent development of the aromatics. The “tramontana” wind (a cold wind that blows from the north) of mid September lowered the temperature and this was excellent for an optimal ripening of the Sangiovese grapes. The harvest took place from the 29th of September till the 1st of October with good and dry weather. The grapes were lovely and perfectly ripe.
Chianti Classico Argenina 2009
Chianti Classico Argenina started being produced as a single vineyard wine in 1999. Up to then Grosso Sanese and a Chianti Classico were released without specifying the cru. Sandro and Andrea Sderci then decided to give more importance to the vineyards the wines were made from.
Argenina has different characteristics in comparison to the other plots: the soil is volcanic and tuffaceous. The altitude is lower, 310 meters above sea level, in comparison to the other vineyards (the altitude of the vineyards from which Grosso Sanese and La Pieve are made is 400 meters above sea level). It is warmer during the day and colder at night as Argenina is next to a river. Therefore, there is a wider day-night temperature range in comparison to other vineyards. This favours primary aromatics and alcoholic fermentation is carried out at a lower temperature and in steel. The wine matures in large oak casks, so that it is not influenced by the notes of the wood, for 18 months. The casks are of Allier oak and are of an average capacity of 25 hectolitres. Finishing in the bottle for a minimum of six months.
The wines that stem from this plot are extremely pleasant, harmonic, the fruit is fresh, the nose is floral. These characteristics are due to the excellent clones that were selected for the new plantings.
The vineyard extension of Argenina is 3 hectares and the blend of the wine is almost totally Sangiovese with a very small percentage of other indigenous red berry varieties. The vines were planted in 1999-2000 and the vine training system is cordon spur.
The average production per year is 25,000 bottles.
The 2009 vintage: after a winter that was quite mild, it was quite cold at the beginning of the spring. The temperature then increased reaching 30 degrees at the end of May. It was warm during the summer, especially during July and August, when the temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius in the afternoons. There were some rainfalls, which were never too heavy, in June and in July. Toward the end of the summer, from the 15th till the 20th of September there was rain and the weather was cooler. The autumn was mild and dry and the temperature got lower and this was excellent for the ripening of Sangiovese grapes. The grapes for the production of Chianti Classico Argenina were picked from the 4th till the 7th of October and the clusters were flawless, the colour was ripe and the sugar content was good.