Chianti Classico

DOCG

Chianti Collection

Chianti Classico

GRAPE VARIETIES

Traditional varieties of Chianti Classico with an absolute predominance of Sangiovese.

Method of production

The fermentation takes place with a traditional skin contact of 8-10 days. A short wood aging follows. Bottling is carried out in the Summer subsequent to the harvest.

The winemaker comment

Celebrating the best Tuscan tradition Banfi offers a family of Chianti wines varied and complementary, unique in its style. Banfi Chianti Classico perfectly interprets the unique personality of this historic appellation with its alluring bouquet, rich flavours, supple tannins and good acidity.

Vintage notes 2014

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks                      

    Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade  

    Length:7 days

    Malolactic:Yes, within the next two months

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,3
  • ALCOHOL 12,9
  • PH 3,41
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 28,1
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0,5
  • Color intensity 0,7
  • Total acidity 5,5
  • Malic Acidity 0,01
  • Volatile Acidity 0,50
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 110
  • Free 32
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began slightly in advance, with a very rainy and cool spring. The summer temperatures were fresh and well below the seasonal average, consequently the maturations of the grapes took place with a delay of about 10 days. The harvest of early varieties was facilitated by rather beautiful days of beginning of September, while late varieties enjoyed a rise in temperatures in the last decade of the month, which allowed for a full ripening of the grapes.
TASTING

The color is ruby red with mauve shades. The perfume is characterized by a clear note of cherry and plum, alongside cream and a hint of leather scents. The structure is soft, well dimensioned and easy to drink, thanks to its solid balance. The final is persisting and highlighting a well integrated and delightful woody note.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks                    

    Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade   

    Length:7 days

    Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months

    Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months        

    Origin of Barrel:  Mainly

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,3
  • ALCOHOL 13.0%
  • PH 3,46
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27,4
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.4
  • Color intensity 0,7
  • Total acidity 5,1
  • Malic Acidity 0,01
  • Volatile Acidity 0,39
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 108
  • Free 31
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began with a significant delay, with some rains during the Spring. June was marked by cooler temperatures, under the seasonal average. August and September were hot and dry, but the ripening, despite two weeks delay, have been supported by water reserves of the previous months. Summer nights were characterized by cooler temperatures, contributing to the improvement of the quality of the grapes. From the end of September, rainfall was abundant, causing problems during the repining, without affecting the vineyards.
TASTING

Red deep mauve color. Complex bouquet of red fruits, with cherry and blackberry that stand out, but also vanilla and leather in the finish. The palate is well structured, but with a very soft consistency. Long and persistent finish.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method: In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks                

    Temperature: 25-30 degrees centigrade   

    Length:7 days

    Malolactic:Yes, within the next two months

    Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months        

    Origin of Barrel: Mainly inSlavonian Oak Casks and a smaller proportion in French Oak Barrels

          

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,3
  • ALCOHOL 13%
  • PH 3,60
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 28.3
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 28.3
  • Color intensity 0,6
  • Total acidity 5,0
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 106
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome The growing cycle began in the usual time frame, with dry weather in April and May. June was marked by cooler temperatures and a lack of rainfall. Summer saw a return to regular average temperatures in July through mid-August, when a sudden heat wave raised temperatures over 40°C (104°F) through the end of the month. A sun-drenched September, with normal average temperatures, allowed for a good harvest.
  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, con una selezione di varietà del Chianti Classico
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks                    

    Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade   

    Length:7 days

    Malolactic:Yes, within the next two months

    Length of Barrel Aging:3 Months                    

    Origin of Barrel: Mainly inSlavonian Oak Casks and a smaller proportion in French Oak Barrels

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,6
  • ALCOHOL 13,2%
  • PH 3,45
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 28.6
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.8
  • Color intensity 0,66
  • Total acidity 5,1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 101
  • Free 37
  • Seasonal Outcome The vine’s growth cycle started at the right time with a climate particularly mild and dry in the months of April and May. The sunny days of June were then followed by copious rainfall in the middle of July, resulting also in significant drop in temperatures. The climate conditions in early August were pretty cool, but the region was then covered by an anti-cyclone weather pattern originating from Africa, which led to a spike in temperatures, reaching well above the average for the period and lasting for around two weeks. Therefore hydric stress accelerated the ripening. September and October were sunny and dry with very hot temperatures.
TASTING

The color is deep mauve red. The bouquet is complex, with notes of red fruits, cherry and jam, but also a slight floral presence. The structure is large, firm and soft, with good acidity. The finish is very persistent.  

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and a smaller proportion in French Oak Barrels. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,1
  • ALCOHOL 13.00%
  • PH 3,44
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.6
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.8
  • Color intensity 0,66
  • Total acidity 5,1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 99
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome The start of the growing season was slightly delayed, with abundant spring rainfall and temperatures in May and June well below the seasonal average. The weather was warm and dry from mid-June through August, when temperatures dropped again. Cool nights encouraged the development of aromatics and the synthesis of polyphenols in the grapes, enhancing the overall quality of the bouquet and the wine’s acidity. Scarce rainfall allowed for ideal harvest conditions.
TASTING

Deep mauve color. Complex and intense bouquet of red fruit, with cherry and blackberry well evidenced. In the mouth the wine is soft and harmonious. Impressively persistent finish. 

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels.

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,1
  • ALCOHOL 13.00%
  • PH 3,44
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.6
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.8
  • Color intensity 0,66
  • Total acidity 5,1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.4
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 99
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome The spring start of the growth cycle was marked with significant rainfall, which provided abundant water reserves. The rainy phase continued through July, with particularly cool temperatures well below seasonal averages. After mid July, the weather turned warm and dry, allowing the vines to benefit from the water reserves. Relatively cool night temperatures allowed for the development of aromatics and the synthesis of polyphenols, enhancing the overall quality of the grapes. Harvest took place under tranquil conditions, with sunny, dry and warm weather in September and October.
TASTING

Deep red color, fresh and fruity hints on the nose. Complex aroma characterized by prominent hints of cherry and  blackberry. Gentle and soft structure, well balanced with a good acidity. Great finish, very persistent on the palate.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 23.1
  • ALCOHOL 13.00%
  • PH 3.55
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 26.8
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.40
  • Color intensity 0.73
  • Total acidity 5.0
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.46
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome The winter, with levels of precipitation above the seasonal average and quite mild temperatures, was followed by normal spring conditions in terms of both rainfall and temperature. Some rainfall marked the months of May and June, along with relatively cool temperatures through mid July. The hail storm which took place on Ferragosto (August 15th) only partially effected our vineyards, sparing the choicest fruit and impacting production with only a small decrease in quantity. Compared to recent years, all phases of the growing season were delayed, including the harvest which took place two weeks late but under optimal conditions.
TASTING

Light purple color. On the nose the wine is complex, with notes of ripe fruit, plum, cherry, blackberry and dried flowers. Excellent structure, supple and harmonious. Very long with a  persistent finish.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 23,4
  • ALCOHOL 13,12%
  • PH 3.41
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.6
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 1.80
  • Color intensity 0.94
  • Total acidity 5.1
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.43
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 80
  • Free 34
  • Seasonal Outcome Thanks to a mild winter, the growing season started early, with anticipated flowering. Heavy rainfall in late May and early June provided sufficient water reserves in the soil to endure the mid-June heat wave. The harvest started about one week ahead of time yet still lasted into mid October without any difficulties, thanks to ideal fall weather.
TASTING

Deep mauve red color. The bouquet is rich and complex, with notes of ripe fruit such as morello cherry, but also spicy hints of dried flowers and leather. Good structure, soft and powerful, well balanced. Very persistent finish.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 13,15%
  • PH 3.38
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.4
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.80
  • Color intensity 0.860
  • Total acidity 5.15
  • Malic Acidity 0.03
  • Volatile Acidity 0.33
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 66
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome During the summer months the vines did not suffer any hydric stress thanks to the proper rainfalls in the spring. The high temperatures in July yielded for an extraordinary maturation. Then in August a right temperature range between day and night permitted a good harvest.
TASTING

Young and concentrated light purple red color. Aromas of small berries, plums and with complex notes of leather and tobacco. Good structure, well balanced. Long finish.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels. 

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 12.92%
  • PH 3.46
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27.8
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.92
  • Color intensity 0.740
  • Total acidity 5.30
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.34
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 105
  • Free 35
  • Seasonal Outcome The regular seasonal conditions during spring were marked by a hailstorm that reduced the production. The moderate temperatures in summer with a fresh August permitted to the vines not to suffer any hydric stress. The warm and sunny September allowed for a good harvesting.
TASTING

Young and concentrated light purple red color. Aromas of small berries, plums and with complex notes of leather and tobacco. Good structure, well balanced. Long after tasting.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Mainly in Slavonian Oak Casks and lesser in French Oak Barrels.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 12.9%
  • PH 3.66
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 33.3
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/LT.) 0.97
  • Color intensity 0.840
  • Total acidity 5.35
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.58
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 98
  • Free 30
  • Seasonal Outcome A regular growth starting with sufficient rainfall during spring to create good water reserves in the soil. Overall summer temperatures were lower than the last ones and most importantly, normal patterns of more than significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, yielding for a slow and balanced ripening.
TASTING

Deep, young, mauve red color. Intricate flavors with notes of plum jam, cherry, coffee and a light note of balsamic. Full-bodied with good balance. Long in the finish.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 85-90% Sangiovese, with a selection of traditional Chianti Classico varietals
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 3 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 12.8%
  • PH 3.6
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 32.3
  • Color intensity 870
  • Total acidity 5.0
  • Malic Acidity 0.01
  • Volatile Acidity 0.6
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 99
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe spring frost and by one of the most severe heat waves in European history that greatly anticipated the start of the annual harvest. Fortunately, the heavy rainfall of the previous winter allowed for abundant water reserves in the soil, thus avoiding the risk of hydric stress for the plants. The spring frost, combined with the hot summer, allowed for a rich and concentrated fruit, even if greatly reduced in quantity. Most importantly, normal patterns of significant variations between daytime and night temperatures returned, adding finesse and complexity to this very good vintage. The exceptionally healthy berries of this vintage allow for an optimal quality harvesting.
TASTING

Young mauve red color. Complex perfume with varietals notes of plum, blackberry and notes of licorice, vanilla and light leather.  Good structure, well balanced with a long final.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes, within the next two months. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.6
  • ALCOHOL 13%
  • PH 3.63
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 27
  • Color intensity 680
  • Total acidity 5.5
  • Malic Acidity 0.06
  • Volatile Acidity 0.48
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 99
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome A warm and dry start to the season yielded to heavy rains in August and September, delaying normal development. Fortunately, the early harvest of the Chardonnay was completed as the rains began to fall, minimizing any negative impact. Generous spacing between rows of vines also played a positive role, allowing for optimal airflow and avoiding risk of mold.
TASTING

Very intense and young ruby red color. Notes of plum, cherry and raspberry. On the palate is soft and well balanced.

  • Chianti Classico
  • Denomination DOCG
  • GRAPE VARIETIES 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Method of production

    Method:  In temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Length of Barrel Aging: 12 Months. Temperature:  25-30 degrees centigrade. Length: 7 days. Malolactic: Yes. Origin of Barrel:  Slavonian Oak Casks.  

Specifications
  • BRIX 22.8
  • ALCOHOL 12.8
  • PH 3.51
  • EXTRACT JUICE NET (G/LT.) 30
  • Color intensity 680
  • Total acidity 5.7
  • Malic Acidity 0,09
  • Volatile Acidity 0.54
SO2 (MG/LT.)
  • Total 99
  • Free 33
  • Seasonal Outcome The seasonal conditions were marked by a severe early frost on Easter Eve that reduced the production. Subsequently, sufficient rainfall at the end of June allowed for an optimal balance of water reserves in the soil. The temperature climbed gradually from mid July but without reaching any excessively high peak. Some rainfall in September permitted to Sangiovese to reach a good technological and physiological maturation.
TASTING

Very intense and young ruby red color. Aromas of plum, cherry and raspberry. On the palate is soft and well balanced.

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