Campriano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
The 2016 vintage of the Campriano Chianti Classico Riserva provides an ideal entry point to the joyous and classy reds of Podere Campriano.
Campriano is located 17 km south of Siena on the border between the Sienese Crete and the Val di Merse forests in a territory rich with evidence of the Etruscan civilization. In the forests of Campriano the Stile tributary originates, which then flows into the Arbia River.
To reach Campriano from Siena it’s possible to take the panoramic secondary road that begins on state road n° 2 Cassia at the fork at Malamerenda. From this well maintained secondary road that winds for 10km through the Crete's hills while crossing the valley of the Sorra River, there are many views of the Sienese countryside still in tact.
From Campriano we see the panorama of Monte Amiata with the Val d’Orcia and all of the Sienese Crete until the border with Chianti. Murlo is located about 4km from Campriano from which one can admire what remains of the Etruscan settlement of Poggio Civitate and the famous Antiquariam.
From here one can easily reach the most famous centers of the southern part of the province like Buonconvento, Montalcino, S. Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza and Monte Oliveto.
One of the first wine regions anywhere to be officially recognized and delimited, Chianti Classico is today what was originally defined simply as Chianti. Already identified by the early 18th century as a superior zone, the official name of Chianti was proclaimed upon the area surrounding the townships of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole, just north of Siena, by Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany in an official decree in 1716.
However, by the 1930s the Italian government had appended this historic zone with additonal land in order to capitalize on the Chianti name. It wasn’t until 1996 that Chianti Classico became autonomous once again when the government granted a separate DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) to its borders. Ever since, Chianti Classico considers itself no longer a subzone of Chianti.
Many Classicos are today made of 100% Sangiovese but can include up to 20% of other approved varieties grown within the Classico borders. The best Classicos will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and be full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit (plums, black cherry, blackberry). Also common among the best Classicos are expressive notes of cedar, dried herbs, fennel, balsamic or tobacco.
Among Italy's elite red grape varieties, Sangiovese has the perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness and is responsible for the best red wines of Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Somm Secret—Sangiovese doubles under the alias, Nielluccio, on the French island of Corsica where it produces distinctly floral and refreshing reds and rosés.