DOCG Chianti Classico Riserva
||10% Cabernet Franc, 90% Sangiovese
||The Marchese Antinori Riserva is produced exclusively in better vintages and solely from the finest grapes of the family’s proprietary vineyards: Tignanello, Badia a Passignano, and Peppoli at Mercatale Val di Pesa in the Chianti Classico appellation production zone.
||The grape bunches, once in the cellar, were gently destemmed and pressed in order to preserve typical flavors and aromas, so important in Sangiovese. Once in the stainless steel fermenting tanks, maceration was accompanied by soft extraction methods (pumping over and délestage) aimed at an intense extraction which also preserved elegance and supple, sweet tannins. From the very beginning of the fermentation process, the musts showed much richness of color and structure thanks to the very favorable growing season.
||After the wine was run off its skins, it immediately went into small barrels, principally of French oak, where it went through a complete and spontaneous malolactic fermentation, which terminated by the end of the year. After racking, the wine, still kept separate on the basis of its individual vineyard source, was aged for a year in 60 gallon French and Hungarian oak barrels.