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Monteraponi 2017 Il Campitello Riserva, Chianti Classico DOCG, Italy
Available: Only 11 left in stock$79.99
Estate-grown in a 40-year-old vineyard (the oldest vines at Monteraponi) at 420 meters above sea level, soil is ‘galestro’ (rocky, schistous). No added yeast, nutrients, or malolactic bacteria are used, fermentation takes place in cement tanks, followed by a maceration of around 45 days. The wine is aged in large oak barrels for around 26 months, and is not fined or filtered. (Clean, careful, traditional winemaking, in other words.)
The two Monteraponi 'cru' bottlings are distinctly different. Campitello is perhaps the more classic Chianti Classico, showing red berries, sandalwood, tobacco-leaf and angelica, a bright, firm palate impression, beautiful texture (fine tannins, fresh acidity), drinkable when young but clearly age-worthy. The best Chianti Classico Riservas age easily for 15-20 years, and this is a fine example.