Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese
Vines are trained using spurred cordon. Grapes are hand harvested. Yield is no more than 6.5 tons per hectare; the maximum amount permitted by the appellation is 9 tons per hectare. Soil is turned using a tractor.
This wine comes from a 15ha parcel adjacent to famed Ornelaia. Vines were planted in 1986 and 2001. Soil is comprised of alluvial calcareous deposits. Elevation is minimal at 70m with rows oriented east-west. On alternate years legumes are planted in every other vineyard row. Weeds are controlled by hand, close to the vines, and mechanically in the rows. To minimize pests, Chiappini provokes sexual confusion through the use of dispensers (planted every 10 sq meters) which release hormones that prevent males from fertilizing eggs. Vineyards are fertilized by cover crops that get plowed under the soil in May and June as well as by organic fertilizer.
Fermentation is initiated spontaneously. Maceration extends for 12-14 days for Sangiovese and 21-28 days for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is neither filtered nor fined.
Wine is aged for 12 months in 3-4 year old 225L French oak barrels.
A structure of great, silky fruit with notes of spice provide complexity. An outstanding structure enables to the wine to elegantly evolve over many years.