Rocca di Castagnoli

Molino delle Balze 

Toscana IGT

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Wine Spectator
88
2001
Wine Spectator
88
2002
Veronelli
88
2006
Espresso - Vini d'Italia
15,5 / 20
2008
Espresso - Vini d'Italia
16 / 20
2009
Espresso - Vini d'Italia
15,5 / 20
2010
Veronelli
89
2010
Veronelli
88
2011
Espresso - Vini d'Italia
14,5 / 20
2011
Jamessuckling.com
92
2015
Jamessuckling.com
91
2016
Jamessuckling.com
88
2017

The Chianti Classico area is well-suited to white wines with good structure and elegance. The presence of rock and various minerals, such as Galestro stone and limestone, gives structure and acidity in particular to a variety such as Chardonnay which especially benefits from this terrain. The land is made even more suitable due to the constant climate of the upper area of Chianti Classico with a temperature range that accompanies the ripening of the grapes from August until the harvest in the second half of September.

GRAPE VARIETY 100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD  Various plots in Loc. Castagnoli

SOIL  Rich in Albarese stone and limestone

VINEYARD SIZE  3 ha

VINEYARD AGE Various, from 6 to 20 years old

EXPOSURE  East/west

AVERAGE ALTITUDE  420m a.s.l.

VINEYARD DENSITY 5000 vines/hectare

AVERAGE YIELD PER PLANT 1kg

CULTIVATION/PRUNING  Spur pruning

HARVEST  Second half of September

MACERATION Cold pressing for 48 hours, followed by soft pressing

FERMENTATION 50% in steel and 50% in first and second passage barriques for about 10 days.

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION Partly in wood and partly in steel

AGING  At least 10 months in the bottle.

ANNUAL PRODUCTION  About 10,000 bottles

SENSORY PROFILE A wine with intense minerality and flavor with notes of freshness that make it elegant and lingering, Molino delle Balze is a white wine with a clear, bright straw-yellow color. It has a lingering scent of peach and apricot with a background of quince and acacia honey. It is a wine that is supple and enveloping on the palate. Its perfect balance ends with an excellent lingering finish. It is intended to be drunk soon, but will evolve over the next 5-10 years.

PAIRING White meat, fresh and medium-aged cheeses, fish of all kinds.

SERVING TEMPERATURE 8-10°C