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Rocca di Castagnoli traces its roots all the way back to 900 AD. During the Renaissance its title passed to the famous Ricasoli family, and traditional Tuscan wines have been made here for centuries. The modern history of the winery began in 1981 when it was bought by Calogero Cali, who undertook a series of renovations, culminating in the 2003 hiring of star viticulturalist Rolando Bernacchini and the switch to organics in 2012 (fully certified as of 2017). Bernacchini committed himself to striking a balance between tradition and modernization rather than embracing the excess of the Super Tuscan era.
In 2018 came the purchase of new hectares of vineyards in the Pietrafitta area, whose high-quality production is entirely dedicated to Chianti Classico selections such as Capraia’s Riserva and Gran Selezione Effe’55. One of the most important reasons they decided to move part of the productions was due to climate changes that are making it difficult to maintain optimal temperatures and humidity in low-lying soils. The new terroir is at a higher elevation, meaning it’s slightly cooler and the ventilated microclimate allows them to preserve phenological ripening and to protect the grapes from the long periods of increasingly frequent summer heat.
“This offers depth along with an alluring expression of cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Charming and approachable, yet there’s a dense structure underneath as well as vibrant acidity. The long finish reveals rosemary and iron elements. Best from 2024 through 2042.”
-Wine Spectator, 95 Points
“Distinct aromas of small red berries including Marasca cherries preserved in alcohol, accompanied by hints of chocolate berries and well-integrated woody notes. It is full-bodied, warm and potent in the mouth with a striking tannic texture that makes the wine very drinkable and elegant. Its good acidity and minerality guarantee a fresh, long finish.”