Grati Villa di Monte Vinsanto del Chianti Rufina DOC
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The Grati family has been growing grapes and olives in Rùfina for five generations. The tradition continues although the members of the current generation no longer go to Florence in carts drawn by powerful white oxen to deliver straw covered flasks of wine. The Galiga and Vetrice estates are owned by the Grati brothers and extend over an area of 562 hectares, on the hills between Pontassieve and Rùfina, and one hundred are dedicated to vineyards. The family's bonds with the land are deeply rooted, so deeply that they have even affected its morphology, with two lakes they created: Galiga and Vetrice. The landscape, with its vineyards interspersed with twelve thousand olive trees and cypresses towering over the hills, is typically Tuscan. The soil is fertile and clayey, with an eastern exposure it enjoys a dry, ventilated climate to produce outstanding grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Colorino along with Malvasia, Trebbiano, Cabernet and Merlot.
70% blend of Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Trebbiano Rosa, and 30% Sangiovese. The grapes are dried for three months prior to pressing, and moved to ‘caratelli’ - very small Italian oak barrels to begin fermentation. The caratelli are then sealed with cement to exclude all air contact, where the Vin Santo remains for at least ten years. Pale tawny. The fruit is a little tired and old. But there is lovely transparency and nuttiness... - JancisRobinson.com (1995 vintage)
JancisRobinson.com: 16.5/20 (1995 vintage)
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