Chianti Classico “Fontalpino” DOCG

Carpineta Fontalpino is located in Montaperti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, just five kilometers outside of Siena in an area famed for an 800-year-old battle between Florence and Siena: The Battle of Montaperti. Known for being the only battle Siena ever won against Florence, it is a great source of pride for the Sienese as well as the winery, which is located just below the infamous hilltop. The area under vine is 31 hectares (about 77 acres). The classic Tuscan terroir, with galestro, silt and sandy soils and excellent exposure make for traditional wines, but there’s a twist. Enologist Gioia Cresti – who owns the winery along with her brother Filippo – was classically trained in France and applies many traditionally French winemaking tenets to her Italian wines. The winery is totally organic, inside and out, and holds the appropriate Italian certifications. They also strive to be as eco-sustainable and as self-sufficient as possible, thanks to solar panels and a water purifying system.
From the Petroio and Cerreto vineyards, located 350 meters (1,150 feet) above sea level with northeastern exposure and mainly calcareous soil.
A typical expression of Chianti Classico, meant to highlight the innate characteristics of pure Sangiovese grapes grown in Tuscany, with classic aromas, structure, balance, persistence and versatility.


Wine exported to

USA

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Spectator90
  • 2016 | Vinous92
  • 2016 | Wine Advocate92
  • 2016 | James Suckling91
Grape Varieties:

100% Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Oak barrels

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

15 days

Type of yeast:

Spontaneous

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Pumpovers

Length of maceration:

15 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

None

Aging containers:

Tonneaux

Container size:

900 L

Container age:

3-4 uses

Type of oak:

Allier / Tronchet

Aging before bottling:

15 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Yes

Vineyard name:

Petroio Cereto

Vineyard location:

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Soil composition:

Medium-consistency sand, tuff with limestone (from Pliocene era).

Vine training:

Guyot/Spurred cordon

Altitude:

350 meters (1,150 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

6,600 plants per hectare

Yield:

70 ql/ha

Exposure:

South/east

Years planted:

1998, 2002

Age of vines:

5-25 years old

Time of harvest:

Early October

First vintage of this wine:

2005

Total yearly production (in bottles):

40,000

Tasting notes:

Offers great elegance and power. The essence of Chianti Classico, the region and the wine.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 14-16 °C (57.2 - 60.8 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs with first courses, grilled meats and young or semi-aged cheeses.

Aging potential:

5-10 years

Alcohol:

13.50%

Winemaker:

Gioia Cresti