The Vigna San Martino Chianti Classico is the project of oenologist Giampaolo Chiettini. Chiettini operates as a consultant oenologist in Tuscany, as well as throughout Italy and Europe. Trained in Trentino, Chiettini moved to Tuscany at a young age, where he spent many years working alongside Paolo De Marchi as winemaker at Isole e Olena, where he developed a profound understanding of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia del Chianti and Trebbiano. The Vigna San Martino is produced in miniscule quantities from a 1ha vineyard in Argiano, in the commune of San Casciano Val di Pesa, in the north-west of the Chianti Classico zone. The soil is a mixture of clay loam, stone fragments and sand, not unlike the soils of Berardenga in the south of Chianti Classico. The difference here is the cooler climate, producing more fragrant and tightly structured wines. The vineyard is at an altitude of 250 metres and is cultivated with organic methods. The vines are planted at a density of 5000 vines to the hectare, trained with the Guyot system. The ferments are carried out with wild yeasts and in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is racked into used barriques where it ages for 18 months. The wine is not clarified and only undergoes a light filtration prior to bottling, then bottle aged for a further 30 months prior to release.
What The Critics Say
17++/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"San Casciano is fast advancing as one of Chianti Classico's most promising areas, with many hidden treasures – this is one of them. A very recent outfit and very small in scale, run by Giampaolo Chiettini, consultant and oenologist to, among others, Castagnoli in Castellina in Chianti. Sangiovese fermented by indigenous yeast and aged in used barriques.
Healthy mid crimson. Exciting and fresh nose with sour-cherry, sweet-raspberry compote, violets and a subtle spicy note from the oak. Pure, ripe tangy cherry fruit with finely woven tannins. Long and tangy and refreshing and with great depth – and all that from one of the hottest vintages on record. (WS)." Drink 2019 - 2026
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