Salita

Double Magnum

2016
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Our Salita in 3 Liter Double Magnum Format.

Salita originates solely from our most precious vineyard, our Grand Cru. The fifteen highest terraces leading up to the winery fit only one to three rows of Sangiovese bush vines and produce a very unique expression of Castagnoli's land.

Maturation & Refinement

Aged for 24 months in French Oak Barriques and refined in bottle for a minimum of seven months before release.

Vineyards

Our Grand Cru: Salita

Form of Growing

Alberello

Vinification

Grapes are picked by hand in small boxes. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous with natural yeasts in 1 ton vats. The extraction of color and tannins is facilitaed by punching down. Maceration of skins is occuring very delicately: Berries are falling from the destemmer directly into the vats without passing through a pump or tubes, hence remaining intact and crush solely due to the weight of berries themselves. Malolactic fermentation takes place in neutral barriques.

Vintage

A cool spring, warm summer and cold fall caused the fruits to ripen slowly and evenly. Harvest conditions were ideal. The wines of 2016 are very complex: Richness and depth, combined with freshness.

Salita is our truest and most unique representation of Sangiovese in Castagnoli. Olive trees grow together with the Salita alberello bush vines, like it has been traditionally done in Tuscany for centuries. At the highest elevation of Castagnoli at 450 meters above sea level, the vines produce fascinating complexity and character.

James Suckling

92 Points: "Attractively fresh and juicy red cherry aromas lead to a palate that has a very smooth, supple and elegant core of fresh, juicy tannins. Drink or hold."

Falstaff

91 Points: "Shining ruby red. In the nose, emphatically elegant woody spice, of vanilla, blackberries, reminiscent of light caramel, followed by dried violet leaf in the aftertaste. Appears with a juicy nerve on the palate, present, non-invasive wood, dark berry fruit rounds off the finale."

Touring Club Italia

Crown and four stars

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