Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Vin Santo 2011

Type: Dessert / Sweet
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Grape Variety: 90% Malvasia, 5% Trebbiano, 5% Sangiovese
Alcohol Percentage: 16.5%
Viticulture: Organic Farming
Rating: 98 Robert Parker Points

Climate: Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot, dry summers, mild winters, little snow, and abundant sunshine
Terroir: The vineyards are at 400 to 500 meters above sea level, facing south/south-west. The perfect exposure and excellent elevation of the land as well as the very stony soil are responsible for the typicality of this wine.
Ageing: The grapes destined for Vin Santo are gathered late in the harvest, at the point at which the sugar content is high enough to sustain the long ageing process that this wine undergoes. The bunches are hung and left to dry partially for several months. The must obtained from light crushing ferments slowly and is then placed in 225-litre half-barriques of oak. 7 years in oak casks (caratelli)

Color: Amber yellow color
Nose: Hints of hazelnut cream, almonds and dried fig
Palate: The taste is soft, sweet, warm and enveloping. The aftertaste is long and complex with a finish that brings back to the olfactory sensations

About the Winery:
Ricasoli is the most representative wine producer in the Chianti Classico area. With its gentle hills, velvety valleys and thick woodlands of oaks and chestnuts, the 1,200 hectares of property include almost 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive groves.

Francesco Ricasoli, current owner and President of the company, has generated new ideas and concepts to render the vineyards sustainable. The ongoing study of soil types and the clonal selection of the Brolio Sangiovese are among his greatest passions, and he has totally renovated the vineyards and completely mapped them.

The new wines are therefore the expression of research carried out with the same scientific rigor of his illustrious ancestor but with a contemporary spirit, like a runner receiving the baton and carrying it forward with renewed energy.