We start with a careful selection of the best grapes from the traditional Chianti Classico production region in Tuscany, including fruit from our own Santedame, Gretole and Montemasso estates. The blend is 80% Sangiovese—the most predominant and most famous red grape variety of Chianti—along with 20% Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine undergoes secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its velvety texture, then ages for 24 months in oak, stainless steel and concrete vats. Riserva Ducale spends an additional three months in bottle before release.
Wine Buyer(2005 Vintage) Colour: Ruby red with garnet hues
Wine Buyer(2007 Vintage) SENSORY PROPERTIES
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/04
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04