Rocca di Castagnoli Toscana IGT Pratola
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Region: Tuscany, Italy
Grape varieties: 100% Colorino
Rocca di Castagnoli Toscana IGT Pratola has striking notes of black cherry, followed by hints of chocolate, cinnamon, tobacco, and black pepper.
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About Rocca di Castagnoli Toscana IGT Pratola
Rocca di Castagnoli Toscana IGT Pratola is a perfectly balanced red wine with a very concentrated ruby red color with violet hues. The nose features striking notes of black cherry, followed by hints of chocolate, cinnamon, tobacco, and black pepper. Very soft and meaty on the palate, thanks to the delicate tannins. Very lingering finish.
The Toscana IGT Pratola is made of 100% Colorino. As the name suggests, its main use is as a blending ingredient to add color to wines. As well as being deeply pigmented, Colorino’s small berries have elevated tannin levels. The Le Pratola vineyard is located at 400 meters above sea level and well-exposed to the sun but well-protected when it is at its maximum intensity. The temperature change at night promotes slow and well-balanced maturation with sweet tannins and complex extracts. The soil, which is rich in Galestro stone, is well-drained and provides minerality and natural acid tones.
About Rocca di Castagnoli
Rocca di Castagnoli is an ancient medieval fortress that was the origin of the Castagnoli hamlet in the Chianti area of Tuscany. Throughout its history, this place was owned by numerous noble families, including the Tempi (whose coat of arms still represents the company) and the Ricasoli.
The winery, which already existed in the 18th century, has always been the economic center of the village and has always been distinguished by its excellent production quality, as evidenced in 1773 by a visit from Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo. He praised its excellent land management, maintenance, and innovation. In 1924, Rocca di Castagnoli became part of the farms that formed the Chianti Classico Wine Consortium.
Since 1981, the family has established itself by carrying out important vineyard replanting and building restructuring work, including renovation of the wine cellar and medieval fortress, following the property’s historical precedents by maintaining the production quality achieved in previous centuries. The village of Castagnoli rises from the heart of the Chianti Classico on a hill once frequented by the Etruscans. From there, it overlooks the surrounding valley from the top of a small hill that evokes ancient times, surrounded by woods, vineyards, and olive trees. The farm covers about 850 hectares with elevation profiles ranging from 860 meters (Colle di Monte Luco) to 380 meters. 92 hectares of vines, predominantly Sangiovese, the grape at the base of the finest Tuscan wines.
In 1981, extensive renovation was carried out on the villa and fortress with innovative interventions in the vineyards and cellar. A vinification cellar was created, while the cellars of the medieval fortress were used for aging in wood, creating a barrique cellar consisting of the best French oak wood to create wines with great personality, complexity, and balance to be enjoyed over time.