OWNER / Marco Ricasoli Firidolfi. His branch of the Ricasoli family is related to those at Castello di Brolio.1Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2012, Mitchell Beazley, 2011., who played a central role in Chianti Classico’s history.
BACKGROUND / The estate was purchased in 1994 by Marco Ricasoli Firidolfi.
VINEYARDS / The estate covers 100 hectares (247 acres) near Monti in Chianti, about 4.3 miles (7 km) south of Gaiole in Chianti. Of this 20 hectares (49 acres) are vineyards. They occupy gentle south and southeast-facing hillsides with calcareous loamy soils. Elevation of 340 (1,115 feet) and 510 meters (1,670 feet) above sea level. The vineyards are planted primarily to the varietals traditionally grown in Chianti Classico, though there is also a small percentage of international varietals (from 1997). The primary varietal is Sangiovese, with 13 hectares, followed by Merlot, with 2.5 hectares, while the remaining 4.5 hectares are planted to Canaiolo, Colorino, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pugnitello, and Malvasia Bianca del Chianti. Planting density ranges from 3,300 vines per hectare (1,350 vines per acre) in the older vineyards, trained to the unilateral horizontal cordon spur system, to between 5,208 and 6,211 vines per hectare in the more recent vineyards, which are trained to the bilateral horizontal cordon spur system and guyot.
OLIVES 20 hectares (49 acres) of olive groves (about a thousand Coreggiolo and Moraiolo trees). The olive groves are planted in the traditional coltura promiscua (‘promiscuous culture’) manner, interspersed with other fruit trees, and are pruned to the traditional polyconic vase system.
BIODIVERSITY 60 hectares (148 acres) of woodland.
RAINWATER COLLECTION is practised to save water when using sprays.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION 2010 First vintage with full organic certification.
WINERY The cellars are near Monti in Chianti’s Romanesque church of San Marcellino. Solar panels.
IGT TOSCANA ROSATO 2017 100% Sangiovese.
CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI 2016 90% Sangiovese. 5% each Canaiolo and Colorino. Ages in French (Allier) oak. Lovely wild juicy fruit with savoury tannins. Bright, clear.2Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018. 2015 90% Sangiovese, 6% Canaiolo, 4% Colorino. Bright wild fruit.3Tasted at the Chianti Classico Anteprima, Stazione Leopolda, Florence on Monday 12th February 2018.
CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG GRAN SELEZIONE, VIGNETO SAN MARCELLINO Formerly a Riserva, now a Gran Selezione. Based on old vine Sangiovese (1960s), plus Pugnitello (planted 2006). 2013 93% Sangiovese, 7% Pugnitello.
IGT TOSCANA ROSSO, GEREMIA A Bordeaux-style blend. Mainly Merlot, plus Cabernet Sauvignon. French oak barrels.
VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO DOC Made from Malvasia Bianca del Chianti. The bunches are air-dried naturally, and once pressed their juice ferments and age in small oak casks (50 or 100 litres) made from a variety of woods (oak cherry, mulberry).
OLIVE OIL From the olive trees, above.
Rocca di Montegrossi, Localita S Marcellino, Frazione Monti in Chianti, I-53013 Gaiole in Chianti (SI = Siena), Italy / Tel+39 0577.747977 / Email email@example.com