Vignole’s Chianti Classico DOCG presents remarkable value from one of the region’s first winemaking families, the Nistris, who have been fixtures of the local wine trade since 1865. Here, Sangiovese is softened by the addition of 15% Merlot. The result is a deep red wine with a lush nose of red fruit and violets. Supple and full-bodied on the palate with well-integrated tannins, dried and preserved fruit tones are lifted by layers of wild red berries.
The Nistri vineyards cover 21 hectares along the Pesa River near the town of Panzano. The region earned its name (the Conca d’Oro, or the “golden bowl”) for the outstanding quality of the wines produced here. Vines grow on hillsides exposed to the south-east and south-west at 300 metres above sea level. Hand-picked Estate-grown fruit was fermented by plot and varietal in concrete vats, where it macerated on skins for 15 days. The Sangiovese spends 12 months in traditional large oak casks, whereas the Merlot sees 12 months in oak barrels. After blending, the wine lies in cellars set into the surrounding hillside for a full year prior to release.
“This pure Tuscany sangiovese offers lovely notes of iodine and a salty profile. Feels unadultarated showcasing the high quality fruit and notable purity. Flavours of cherry skin, a hint of cherry blossom, red plum, new leather and a significant tannic presence provide a firm grip on the palate. Very fine, delicate oak treatment is wonderfully integrated even at this early stage.”
91 points, Sara d’Amato, Wine Align, April 2019