Chianti Classico Riserva “Croce” DOCG
Croce is made from six clones of Sangiovese, grown in the heart of Chianti Classico. The grapes are harvested in early fall, and vinified in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The wine ages fifteen months in Slavonian oak barrels (50 hectoliters in capacity) and French oak (second use) and six months in bottle before release.
The word croce means “cross,” and is named for an ancient crucifix standing tall above the vineyard. Lovely aromas of black cherries, plums, vanilla, and licorice on the nose, confirmed on a full, round, smooth, and persistent palate showing fruity notes and a pleasing structure.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, USA, New Zealand, Puerto Rico
Most recent awards
- 2014 | Wine Advocate91
- 2014 | James Suckling91
- 2012 | Wine Spectator93
- 2011 | The International Wine Review90
- 2011 | Vinous90
- 2011 | Wine Enthusiast91
- 2010 | International Wine Cellar90
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28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)
Traditional whit délestage
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Oak barrels, barrique
50 hL, 225L
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Vigna della Croce
Radda in Chianti, Tuscany
11 hectares (27 acres)
Calcareous-cretaceous substrata of sand and clay and red earth
350-412 meters (1,150-1,350 feet) above sea level
2,260-2,510 plants per acre
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Brilliant ruby red with slight violet highlight; sour cherry, plum, vanilla and licorice on the nose, confirmed on a full, round, smooth and persistent palate showing fruity notes and pleasing structure.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).
Pairs well with red meats, game, and aged cheese.
Over 15 years
Alc. cont. 13.5% by vol.