The Producers

Vallepicciola

Only the best of the best in Vallepicciola. All aspects of this company of very recent foundation merge in a cosmos of efficiency to give life to high quality wines, which reflect the potential of modernity. The extreme poles of technology and nature are brought together, creating a balance of rare existence that sets the foundations of the company.

The winery, finished just a year ago in the heart of Chianti Classico, is already marveling the world of wine with award-winning wines. Built by a project of Margherita Gozzi, it is partially buried under the slope of a natural basin, whose shape has become the mark for the company structure. Almost a minimal temple of wine, designed with the aim of becoming an integral part of the surrounding area, with large windows and thoughtful materials. The high ceilings of the interiors, the extreme attention to silence and cleanliness and the high tech aspect of the furnishing details help to involve the visitor, the staff, and why not, also the wine, in a state of meditation.

The possible doubts about the character of the wine disappear when you discover that it’s Riccardo Cotarella, world-renowned winemaker with a Laurea Honoris Causa, is the one who directs them. Its unparalleled experience, combined with the most prestigious machinery of the wine market and a selection of accurate vines let’s this winery little room for unsuccess.

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Wines

Chianti Classico

  • Grape variety: Sangiovese
  • Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: manual, at the end of September/first ten days of October
Vinification:

the vinification process is similar to that of the Chianti Classico Riserva and Gran Selezione, what changes is the duration of maceration and aging in wood. The grapes, de-stemmed and crushed, are placed in small stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place and in which they remain for 10 days. After racking, the wine is decanted into large barrels and barriques and it ages in wood for 12 months.


Tasting note:

of a beautiful brilliant ruby color, this wine has notes of black cherry and blackcurrant, with a hint of vanilla deriving from the contact with the wood. The tannins are soft and velvety and it has a long and intense long-lasting persistence.


Aging potential:

medium. Wine whose structure allows it to be aged in bottle for a few years. Ready to drink as soon as it comes out on the market.

Boscobruno

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Toscana IGT
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: manual, in the third week of September
Vinification:

after de-stemming and pressing the must is left to macerate in contact with the skins in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature for about 5-7 days, during which alcoholic fermentation is also carried out. After this period the wine is transferred to French oak barrels, where the malolactic fermentation and an aging period of about 8-10 months give it its characteristic softness and complexity. The wine obtained then rests one more year in the bottle before being sold on the market.


Tasting note:

it is characterized by an intense and brilliant garnet red color, with varying nuances based on aging. The aroma is rich and intense, with complex hints of spices and red fruits. The structure of this wine amazes the palate, with a complexity and elegance balanced by tannins that are strong but tamed by wood. A long fruity persistence completes the sip.


Aging potential:

medium-high. A wine that can be stored in the cellar for many years, with a slow and extremely interesting evolution.

Chianti Classico “Gran Selezione”

  • Grape variety: Sangiovese
  • Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: manual, at the end of September/first ten days of October
Vinification:

the grapes, de-stemmed and crushed, are placed in small stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place and in which the must remains for around 15 days. After the drawing off, the wine, separated from the marc, is decanted into French oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation begins. The aging in wood, which takes place in barriques, tonneaux and large barrels, lasts about 24 months, followed by a further refinement in the bottle for 6 months, after which the wine is ready to be sold.


Tasting note:

in the glass you’ll see an intense ruby red wine, with purple hues, characteristic of the blend. On the nose there are perceivable notes of small fruits such as blackberries and blueberries, but also ripe plum and raisins, and a vanilla hint that can be associated with the passage in barriques. On the palate the wine is extremely full-bodied and structured, with a complex aromatic texture and an intense tannin.


Aging potential:

high. Wine with extraordinary longevity, to be appreciated over time. It is advisable to open it a few years after being put on the market.

Chianti Classico “Riserva”

  • Grape variety: Sangiovese
  • Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: manual, at the end of September/first ten days of October
Vinification:

the grapes, de-stemmed and crushed, are placed in small stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, where alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place and in which they remain for about 15 days. After the drawing off, the wine, separated from the marc, is decanted into French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation begins. The difference between this reserve and the "gran selezione" is the duration of aging in wood, which in this case has a shorter period of about 18-20 months. The wine then ages in bottle for 6 months before being put on the market.


Tasting note:

this wine is an intense ruby red wine, with purple nuances characteristic of the variety. In the nose aromas of berries, such as currant and raspberry and red fruit are easily perceived. Intense are also the spicy notes that come from the roasting of wood, such as vanilla and coffee. In the mouth there is an important but rather soft and velvety tannin. A strong mineral character contributes to reach balance. The persistence is remarkable, with a sapid and fruity finish.


Aging potential:

medium-high. If preserved in an optimal manner it is a wine of great longevity, whose aromatic profile evolves towards ripe fruit and spices.

Lugherino

  • Grape variety: Chardonnay
  • Appellation: Toscana IGT
  • Color: White
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: first ten days of September
Vinification:

the winemaking of this Chardonnay occurs in reduction, through the use of inert gas and dry ice during pressing to minimize the contact of the must with oxygen, and therefore preserve the aromatic characteristics of the grape. The must is then transferred into small steel tanks for static decanting, which allows it to reach the clarification in 12-24 hours. The wine ferments in steel and ages on fine lees for 6 months. It remains in the bottle for at least 4 months before being sold.


Tasting note:

straw yellow in color, this wine has delicate notes of yellow fruit on the nose, such as peach and banana and flowers, particularly iris and chamomile. On the palate it is a clean and elegant wine, extremely aromatic, characterized by a good intensity and a persistent finish.


Aging potential:

medium. Its structure and aromatic intensity allow it to age in the bottle for a few years.

Lugherino Rosato

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Toscana IGT
  • Color: Rosè
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: end of August / first ten days of September
Vinification:

the vinification process of this Pinot Noir is the same of the one used for Chardonnay in white Lugherino: it works in reduction, in order to avoid as much as possible the contact between must and oxygen and in order to preserve the floral and fruity characters. For this reason, inert gas and dry ice are used during pressing. The must is then transferred into small-sized steel tanks for static decanting, which allows the achievement of clarification in about 12 hours. The wine ferments in steel, where it refines on the fine lees for 6 months.


Tasting note:

the winemaking process gives this Pinot Nero a splendid pink color and enhances its aromatic potential, giving birth to fruity and floral notes. Cranberries and strawberries dominate the scene, like elder flowers and rose petals. The palate has a marked aroma, with a clean and elegant mouth and a balanced and persistent finish.


Aging potential:

low. Fruity and drinkable wine that requires to be drunk young.

Perlinetto

  • Grape variety: Pinot Noir, Sangiovese
  • Appellation: Spumante Brut Champagne Method
  • Color: White
  • Type: Spumante Brut
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: last week of August
Vinification:

the grapes are gently pressed with inert gas and dry ice to protect them against oxidation and the must is then transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where the alcoholic fermentation takes place. Once fermented there is a passage in wood, in French oak barrels. The second phase begins with the transfer of the base wine in the bottle, where the re fermentation takes place and where it remains on the lees for 48-50 months, refining and increasing its body and structure. Following the disgorgement, the sparkling wine rests in the bottle for 6 additional months.


Tasting note:

Spumante with an intense yellow color with golden reflections. The foam is compact and enveloping and the perlage is fine and persistent. The nose is fresh and complex, characterized by fruity notes of ripe peach, bread crust and pastry. On the palate it is a balanced and savory wine, with a great structure and a persistent finish.


Aging potential:

high. The long aging on the lees makes this wine extremely long-lived and intriguing.

Pievasciata

  • Grape variety: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese
  • Appellation: Toscana IGT
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: third decade of September
Vinification:

after a soft pressing the must spends 7-10 days macerating on the skins in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature, where the alcoholic fermentation takes place. The wine is then transferred to French oak barrels, where, once the malolactic fermentation is complete, it remains to refine for 8-10 months. The marketing is preceded by a further refinement in the bottle for about 6 months.


Tasting note:

of an intense ruby red color with violet reflections. The nose is intense and fragrant, with ample hints of ripe cherry, tobacco and spices. There is also a balsamic character to it. In the mouth it is rich, intense and elegant.


Aging potential:

medium-high. The blend is well suited to long refinements in the cellar, giving pleasant surprises over time.

Quercegrosse

  • Grape variety: Merlot
  • Appellation: Toscana IGT
  • Color: Red
  • Type: Still
  • Country / Region: Italy/Toscana
  • Soil: calcareous/clayey
  • Harvest: third decade of September
Vinification:

the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and left to macerate in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature for 20-25 days, a period in which the alcoholic fermentation is completed. The malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barriques, 30% of which are new, where the wine is then left to refine for about 12 months. The marketing is preceded by a 6 month of bottle aging.



Tasting note:

an intense ruby red wine, with notes of red fruits such as cherry and black cherry, complemented by hints of cut grass, rosemary and tea leaves, which increase its complexity. The palate is wrapped in silky tannins, softened by refinement, for an elegant and persistent mouthfeel.


Aging potential:

medium-high. Wine of high complexity and structure, suitable for long maturation in the bottle.