LCBO Vintages Release
Castello di Volpaia is a winery cleverly hidden in a historic hillside Tuscan town, a historic walled commune that dates back to the 1100’s. 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 winery recently invested in new cellar equipment that has enabled them to achieve better extraction of colour, flavour, and soft tannins. The 2015 incorporates fruit from vineyards that have been replanted with improved rootstocks and carefully selected clones. This vintage reveals an attractive, youthful black cherry colour with aromas of spice and sour cherry. The palate opens with nicely extracted ripe fruit and mellow tannins, and finishes with harmonious balance.
“This juicy red has grip, setting the backdrop for pure cherry, blueberry, earth, iron and tobacco flavors. Though light-weight, this should develop over the next three to five years. Best from 2019 through 2024. 5,000 cases imported.”
92 points + Smart Buy, Wine Spectator, Nov 2017
“Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries and red plums. Medium to full body, round and ripe tannins and a nice, fresh finish. Drink now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Sept 2018
“Volpaia’s 2015 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, expressive wine with lovely textural depth and terrific balance. The raciness of the year comes through in the supple, fleshy fruit and inviting personality. Ripe dark and purplish stone fruit and spice notes meld together effortlessly. This is a stellar showing from Volpaia.”
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2017