Chianti Classico Nittardi Belcanto D.O.C.G. 2014

Ruby-red, juicy cherry and raspberry with hints of Mediterranean herbs and floral notes on the nose. Medium bodied with grippy tannins on the palate and a fresh and long finish. Belcanto pairs well with Italian-style starters and main courses.

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Nittardi is a boutique winery situated in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, with vineyards in Chianti Classico and the Maremma. The Nittardi Estate, on the boundary between the provinces of Siena and Florence, was originally a defensive tower known as early as 1183 by the name of “Nectar Dei” (The Nectar of the God). In the 16th century, the vast property belonged to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who, in 1549, while painting the Sistine Chapel, wrote to his nephew Lionardo: “I’d prefer two casks of wine rather than eight shirts.” 


Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% other indigenous grape varieties: Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda and Pugnitello

Production: Natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by 12 months in used French oak barrels (500 litres), a few months in bottle

"Half of the grapes for Belcanto Chianti Classico come from our vineyards at Nittardi, located 450 meters above sea level, while the other half come from our vineyard in San Quirico, located south of Castellina at 270 meters. While at Nittardi we only have Sangiovese grapes, the San Quirico vineyard, planted in 1968, has Sangiovese and small amounts of seven other local grape varieties, including Canaiolo, Colorino and Malvasia Nera. Both vineyards enjoy a soil mix of limestone and clay with a rich skeleton of schist, which engenders the wine with a pleasant minerality. On the label of Belcanto, Michelangelo is portayed in a mosaic of Galestro stones, typical of the soil of our terroir".


James Suckling: 92 points