2015 Riserva Castagnoli

Grapes Sangiovese
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
Other Certified Organic
District Chianti
Sub-district Chianti Classico
ABV 14.5%

Jancis Robinson's Favourite Reds 2021
Really exciting, serious, certified organic wine grown on a steep, terraced hillside that’s just coming into its own. Fully ripe Sangiovese with enormous depth – ripe fruit, medium tannins and great tension. Great with steaks and roast meat. Pure Tuscany. (from the FT)
Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2021)

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Grown in very hard-to-manage narrow terraces on a precipitous slope, with each vine on a pole, so everything has to be done by hand. Undoubtedly hideously hard work but the result is one of the most complete and refined wines in Chianti. Firm black cherry on the nose, a fullness and supple richness on the mid-palate. Fine, cherry-skin tannins combined with juicy acidity giving the classic slightly bitter-dry mouth watering effect on the finish - a filigree grace and delicacy in the impressive length.L&S (May 2020)

Lustrous ruby. And extremely vibrant and layered. Really exciting, serious wine that's just coming into its own. Fully ripe Sangiovese with enormous depth – ripe fruit, medium tannins and great tension. Should be great with our steak tonight. Very long. Pure Tuscany. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2021)

Our Riserva Terrazze has a deep ruby colour, pronounced fruity notes of cherry and liquorice. It is characterized by freshness and velvety tannins and features a decisive very long and persistent finish.

Sangiovese has remarkable abilities to change its behavior according to the environment in which it is cultivated. Although the vineyards of the Riserva Terrazze are very close to each other, the grapes they produce are very different. The combination of the different vineyards create a highly interesting wine with extensive complexity.

Winemaker's notes (May 2020)


The first mention of Castagnoli was as early as the year 979, when it was an abbey. Centuries later it became the home of a noble Florentine family. The name recalls the previous existence of a chestnut forest.

The wines produced here are a true reflection of the hard work that has been undertaken by the current owners, the Shefernacker family, who are also wine producers in Württemberg. They have been pioneering in the appellation with their dedication to biodynamic cultivation. Today the estate extends to 13.5 hectares of vineyards and olive trees, planted on soils with a mix of galestro, loam, limestone and schist.

The vineyard was planted from 1978, and they decided to make narrow stone terraces on a steep south and south-westerly-facing slope. The Sangiovese vines were planted each supported by one stake, like the albarelli of Etna. The current generation may rue this choice as these terraces and the way of training the vines both entail an enormous amount of manual work. However, the quality of the 'Terrazze' Riserva is indisputable.

The cool, high terrain gives elegant, long-ripened Sangiovese, and although they have experimented with other varieties, it is this which really shines here.

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