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Producer : Il Palazzino
Region : Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)
Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml
Food Pairing : Breads, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables
"The 2016 Chianti Classico Argenina is fabulous. When so many estates are releasing 2018s and 2017s, Il Palazzino presents a striking Chianti Classico from the great 2016 vintage that overdelivers big time. Dark and imposing, as these wines tend to be, the Argenina possesses remarkable balance and tons of complexity. Dark cherry, gravel, sage, mint and leather bring out the darker side of Sangiovese. The 2016 is intense in the glass, and yet retains so much Sangiovese translucence. Best of all, it is an absolute steal. Give the 2016 a few hours of air and prepare to experience Sangiovese and Chianti Classico in all its majesty."
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Sept 2020
|Bottles Per Case||12 Pack|
|Sweetness Descriptor||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Region||Italy (Italy), Tuscany (Italy)|
|Style||Subtle & fruity|
|Grapes||2% Canaiolo, 3% Colorino, 95% Sangiovese|
|Food Pairing||Breads, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables|
|Price of Case||$395.88|
Podere Il Palazzino, owned by Alessandro and Andrea Sderci, and also managed by the young Edoardo, son of Alessandro, is located in Monti in Chianti, 20 km northeast of Siena, in the southern part of Chianti near Gaiole.
The estate is part of a network of farms and of country residences built or restored in the eighteenth century during the land reform enacted by Leopold Hapsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
The Sderci family became owners of the estate in the mid nineteenth century. But wine started being produced and sold more recently, at the beginning of the 1970s, when Alessandro and Andrea took over the management.
The first vineyards were planted then, replacing the earlier system of interspersing grapevines with olive trees and planting crops on the aisles between the rows of trees and vines. As the original cellar was not large enough, a new underground cellar was built under the garden of the homestead. Il Palazzino is an estate with a traditional style, but with a firm organic approach to viticulture, which has received a strong boost from the young Edoardo.
Since 2014 a new range of wines are labeled under the name of Edoardo Sderci, those wines are focused on extremely natural approach using only indigenous yeast and with a low or non percentage of added sulfites. Environment friendly practices are particularly meticulous here and are carried out through canopy management, soil management and grape yield management.
The estate is not only certified organic but wines are produced with the highest respect for the different characters of the soils and vineyards and a natural attitude in vinification. In the cellar Sulfur dioxide is reduced to a minimum quantity and nothing else is added to the wine. Only wild yeast is responsible for the alcoholic fermentation aided by some additives in order to favour natural fermentation. All types of filtering have been eliminated. The flagship wine of the estate, Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese, started being produced in 1981 as a “super Tuscan”, but after some years became one of the two Chianti Classico wines of Il Palazzino together with Chianti Classico Argenina. The estate also offers three IGT/proprietary wines and a Vin Santo del Chianti.
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