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PV Tasting Notes
Bright ruby red, with an impact of vanilla and pipe tobacco, followed by blackberry and mulberry marmalade. Full-bodied palate with masses of tannins and a toasty finish. Over the last few years this has gained weight and has developed really well, there’s a lovely finesse to it now, well balanced on the mid palate and long in the finish. Should hold well for another 6-8 years, last tasted June 2010.
88 points – The Wine Spectator
Medium- to full-bodied, with cedar, berry and vanilla character. Medium finish. A solid wine. Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best after 2006. 850 cases made.
Serve this top Tuscan wine with antipasto, barbecues, beef stroganoff, wind-dried beef, stuffed cabbage, roast guinea fowl, pigeon, rabbit, risotto, shepherds pie, strong meats, game and strong flavoured pasta dishes.
Run by the dynamic & enthusiastic Filippo Rocchi & his sister Stefania, Castelvecchio is situated in San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the area that produces Chianti Colli Fiorentini, among the most dynamic denominations of Chianti. 32 hectares of the estate is cultivated with grapes. The condition of the soil is Pliocene in origin. It is characterized mainly by a kind of pebbly limestone rich in marl, and by sandstone, which offer a good agronomic fertility and basic freshness.
This particular wine is obtained from a selection of grapes Sangiovese 85%, Merlot 7%, Petit Verdot 8% selected entirely by hand and is the result of a very accurate vinification process. Cold maceration for 48 hours, fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel vat for 18 days with daily pumping over and gentle pressings which allow a high extraction, yet maintaining a sufficient soft basis. Ageing of 12 months in new French barriques and further refinement in bottle for minimum 12 months.