Chianti Classico "Argenina"
Wine name:Chianti Classico "Argenina"
Appellation:CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG
Zone:Monti in Chianti (Siena)
Cru:Argenina, Cipriani, Orto Modesto
Vineyard extension (hectares):5
Blend:95% Sangiovese 5% Canaiolo, Colorino
Vineyard age (year of planting):
Soil Type:Calcarous, medium textured, tufa
Exposure:South, east, west
Altitude:310 meters above sea level
Nose:Fresh, fruity, red berries and plum
Flavour:Fresh, quite soft, medium bodied, round, quite intense and persistent, fruity finish
Serving temperature (°C):18
Match with:Pasta dishes with meat sauce, poultry, cheese
Average no. bottles/year:25,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:7
Vineyard density: 5,000 vines/hectare. Vine training system: cordon spur and simple guyot.
Vinification and ageing
Fermentation and maceration with the skins in steel: fermentation for eight days at 27 degrees Celsius. Further maceration with the skins for 12 days. The wine then matures for 18 months in wood. 2/3 of the mass in oak casks and 1/3 in old barriques.
Address:Fraz. Monti - Loc. Il Palazzino 53013 Gaiole in Chianti SI
Owner:Alessandro and Andrea Sderci
Year of establishment:1973
Total annual production:80000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):15,60
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):15.6ha Sangiovese (main grape variety), Canaiolo, Cabernet, Colorino, Merlot
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:certified organic
Harvest period:Beginning of October
Podere Il Palazzino, owned by Alessandro and Andrea Sderci, and now managed by the young generation – Claudia and Edoardo - is located in Monti in Chianti, 20 km northeast of Siena, in the southern part of Chianti near Gaiole. The estate is part of a network of farms and of country residences built or restored in the eighteenth century during the land reform enacted by Leopold Hapsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
The Sderci family became owners of the estate in the mid nineteenth century. But wine started being produced and sold more recently, at the beginning of the 1970s, when Alessandro and Andrea took over the management. The first vineyards were planted then, replacing the earlier system of interspersing grapevines with olive trees and planting crops on the aisles between the rows of trees and vines. As the original cellar was not large enough, a new underground cellar was built under the garden of the homestead.
Il Palazzino is an estate with a traditional style, but with a firm organic approach to viticulture, which has received a strong boost from the young Claudia and Edoardo. Environment friendly practices are particularly meticulous here and are carried out through canopy management, soil management and grape yield management.
The estate is not only certified organic but wines are produced with the highest respect for the different characters of the soils and vineyards and a natural attitude in vinification. In the cellar Sulfur dioxide is reduced to a minimum quantity and nothing else is added to the wine. Only wild yeast is responsible for the alcoholic fermentation aided by some additives in order to favour natural fermentation. All types of filtering have been eliminated.
The flag wine of the estate, Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese, started being produced in 1981 as a “super Tuscan”, but after some years became one of the two Chianti Classico wines of Il Palazzino together with Chianti Classico Argenina.
The estate also offers three IGT/proprietary wines and a Vin Santo del Chianti.
2013 vintage: Vinous 89-91/100