Castello di Volpaia is a winery cleverly hidden in a historic hillside Tuscan town, a historic walled commune that dates back to the 1100s. Tanks are tucked in crumbling churches, barrel halls lie below stone piazzas, and a subterranean “vinoduct” flows underneath it all. It is one if Italy’s magical places, not to mention one of Tuscany’s best producers of Chianti Classico. Volpaia’s wines consistently make Wine Spectator’s list of the “Top 100 Wines of the Year”. This is no small feat.
Volpaia’s vineyards have been farmed organically for decades. Each vineyard is harvested and vinified separately. The Chianti Classico Riserva is made from a blend of the fruit coming from the best estate vineyards, aged 24 months prior to release.
“Though saturated with black currant and blackberry fruit and backed by opaque tannins, this red is pure and balanced. Thyme, iron, leather and tar notes give this complexity, while the finish goes into overtime. Best from 2023 through 2040. From Italy.”
96 points, Wine Spectator, Aug 2018
“Volpaia’s Riserva is made from a selection of grapes throughout their vineyards in Radda-in-Chianti. The estate’s unique cellar facilities include three deconsecrated churches where the wines are aged; this bottling in a combination of Slavonian oak casks and French barriques. Luscious ripe blackberry and cherry fruit absorbs solid, powerful tannins. Compact and brooding, it needs some time to come together, but notes of liquorice, smoke and mint promise plenty of future drinking pleasure.”
94 points, Decanter, Feb 2018