Ricasoli “Ceniprimo” Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione 2019


“This has an intensely perfumed nose of lavender, sandalwood, dried cherries, blueberries, creme de cassis, bay leaves, walnuts and stones. Full-bodied with polished, well-integrated tannins and a layered, silky and concentrated core of spiced and herbed fruit. Long. Intense. Fantastic already, but try in 2024.” – James Suckling (99/100)

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 Ricasoli “Ceniprimo” Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione  (Tuscany)

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Area: Toscana/ Tuscany

Planted in: 1998
Surface Area: 6,35ha
Altitudine: 300 m s.l.m.
Exposure: South-Ovest
Density: 5952 plants/ha
Training: spurred cordon
Clones: Sangiovese VCR23, VCR5, R24
Rootstock: 420A

Soil: This Cru grows on the great valley of the River Arbia, in the southernmost part of the property. The soil, very distinctive and complex, originates from an ancient river terrace dating back to the Pliocene-Pleistocene epochs. These are silty deposits, little evidence of stone, with the presence of clay, a little limestone and poor in organic matter.

Harvest: The grapes of CeniPrimo vineyard were hand-picked on October 12, 2019.

Winemaking: Fermentation temperature 24-27°C with daily punching. Duration of fermentation and maceration on the skins about 14-16 days.

Ageing: 22 months in 500-litre tonneaux of which 30% new and 70% second passage.

Growing Season: The 2018-2019 vintage followed yet another seasonal trend of its own. The autumn featured mild temperatures and slightly less rain than usual in that period of the year. Winter started off quite mild however January came with temperatures below zero and heavy snowfall at the end of that month. Spring began with rising temperatures, but in May these plummeted with lows below 7-8°C accompanied by daily rains. From early June, a fairly dry and warm period began, with maximum temperatures often above 35°C, but interspersed occasionally by short and intense rains.

Bottling: February 19, 2021

Alcohol: 14% vol            Total acidity: 5.88 g/l
ph: 3,28                           Non-Reducing Extract : 27.53 g/l
Total Polyphenols (in Gallic acid ): 1964 mg/l

Vintage 2019

WineSpectator 2022 96/100
JamesSuckling 2022 99/100
Vinous 2022 93/100
WinesCritic.com 2022 96/100
Bibenda 2023 5 grappoli
Robert Parker/The WineAdvocate 2023 96/100


Vintage 2018

James Suckling 2021 100/100
WinesCritic.com 2021 99/100
The WineHunter Award 2021 Gold
Faccino Doctor Wine 2022 98/100
Wine Spectator 2021 90/100
Vinous, Antonio Galloni 2021 91/100

Additional information

bottle | case (5% discount)

bottle, case (5% discount)

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