Castell'in VillaLocated in Catelnuovo Berardenga, in
the southern most part of the Chianti Classico zone, Castell’in
Villa is one of the oldest estates in this DOC region. Leonessa
Coralia Pignatelli owns and operates the winery and crafts
intelligent wines – wines to reflect upon and wines
that age for an extremely long time.
Wines from Castell’in Villa are hard to squeeze
into a category. Traditional wines, all skillfully crafted
from estate grown fruit, are the hallmark of this producer.
Fruit is carefully hand selected at the height of ripeness.
Even more impressive is the marketing philosophy to which
the winery adheres: the precious stocks are released bit-by-bit,
as they are deemed to be “drinking well.”
The winery typically releases vintages two years after
most producers. For example, when Castell’in Villa
released its highly anticipated 1997 Chianti Classico
most other wineries were selling their 1999. Since most
wine purchased in the US is opened within 2 hours of its
purchase, this gives consumers an unusual chance to drink
wines with a touch of maturity.
The estate makes excellent Chianti Classico, an elegant
super-Tuscan called 'Santacroce' that blends sangiovese
with cabernet sauvignon, and a Vin Santo reminiscent of
Sherry that is well worth trying.