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
Grape Varieties:

Sangiovese

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

2 weeks

Type of yeast:

Selected

Fermentation temperature:

28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)

Maceration technique:

Traditional whit délestage

Length of maceration:

Two weeks

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Vegetal gelatin

Aging containers:

Oak barrels, barrique

Container size:

50 hL, 225L

Container age:

Second use

Type of oak:

Slavonian, French

Bottling period:

Springtime

Aging before bottling:

15 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard name:

Vigna della Croce

Vineyard location:

Radda in Chianti, Tuscany

Vineyard size:

11 hectares (27 acres)

Soil composition:

Calcareous-cretaceous substrata of sand and clay and red earth

Vine training:

Spurred cordon

Altitude:

350-412 meters (1,150-1,350 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

2,260-2,510 plants per acre

Yield:

1kg/vine

Exposure:

Southwestern

Years planted:

1994-2009

Age of vines:

10-25 years

Time of harvest:

September/October

First vintage of this wine:

1988

Total yearly production (in bottles):

20,000

Tasting notes:

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.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Pairs well with red meats, game, and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

Over 15 years

Alcohol:

Alc. cont. 13.5% by vol.

Winemaker:

Vittorio Fiore