Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2008
100% Sangiovese from certified organic vineyards. All vineyards have light soil consisting of sandstone except Castellino and Santa Maria Novella, which are composed of clay. Fermented in stainless steel with 48 hours of cold maceration. Aged 24 months in 80% Slovenian and French oak casks and 20% new French oak barriques from Seguin Moreau.
The Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva label features the della Volpaia family coat of arms. The family took its name from the village of Volpaia itself. Lorenzo della Volpaia (1446-1512), an architect, goldsmith, mathematician and clockmaker, founded a Florentine dynasty of clockmakers and scientific-instrument makers that included his sons Camillo, Benvenuto and Eufrosino, and nephew Girolamo. As clockmaker, Lorenzo gained fame and honor with the construction of the Orologio dei Pianeti (Planetary Clock). Lorenzo also built the clock at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He was a friend of Leonardo da Vinci and took part in the discussions on the placement of Michelangelo’s David. The della Volpaia family instruments are on display at the Science Museums in Florence and Greenwich (United Kingdom), the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.