Dofana Chianti Classico 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 6 hectares in Chianti Classico, southeastern exposure, 984 feet (300 meters) above sea level, excellent and characteristic day/night temperature swings. The one-of-a-kind Galestro soil, rich sandy clay with skeleton grain, soil remains cool, because of the presence of clay.
Dofana offers great structure, rich, rounder tannins and riper fruit aromas, especially red berries, cherry, blackberry and currant. It fully represents Gioia and Filippo’s signature style, their rendition of one of Tuscany’s most historic wines.
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Most recent awards
- 2018 | James Suckling94
- 2016 | Wine Spectator90
- 2016 | Vinous91
- 2016 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
- 2016 | Wine Advocate93
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
28-30 °C (82.4-86 °F)
Length of maceration:
Type of oak:
Allier / Tronchet
Aging before bottling:
Chianti Classico, Tuscany
Galestro, rich in sand and clay with skeleton grain
350 meters (1,150 feet) above sea level
6,000 plants per hectare
Age of vines:
5-25 years old
Time of harvest:
Mid to late September
First vintage of this wine:
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Great structure, rich, rounder tannins with riper fruit aromas especially red berries, cherry, blackberry and currant.
Best served at 14-16 °C (57.2 - 60.8 °F).
Pairs well with first courses, grilled meats and young or semi-aged cheeses.