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Chianti Classico DOCG
90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah
After the fall of 2011, no cold, dry winter season has been characterized, especially in the months of January and February 2012, by cold temperatures and regular rainfall. In particular, in the first half of February, there have been a few days with snow and temperatures well below zero, that however have not caused any problems for the vine plants. The spring season has been started with a rather dry climate and cool, so that budding and flowering have elapsed with a slight delay compared to the average of previous years; the months of April and May, by contrast, have guaranteed a good rainfall, which was fundamental to support the long summer drought that, starting from June and up to the month of August, has influenced the development of plants, both in walls foliar in the size and weight of the bunch. The rains of the last days of August have rebalanced the vineyards, allowing all variety of continuing regular processes of maturation and the months of September and October, both mild and moderately rainy, allowed the grapes to evolve both in sugar ripeness, that in the technological and the phenol; collections were concentrated in the period between September 20 and October 10, starting from Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese to conclude with Cabernet Sauvignon.
The varieties are vinified separately to get the best from each. Sangiovese has macerated in stainless steel tanks for about 10 days. Merlot and Syrah were also vinified separately to get wines with soft tannins and preserve the fruity notes, through the control of the fermentation temperature. The malolactic fermentation took place before winter for all three varieties. Earlier in the year the wine was assembled and introduced in wood for about 9 months. The refinement was conducted in oak casks and 10% in American oak barrels. The aging in large barrels allows to preserve the fruity aromas derived from the fermentation and makes the sweeter tannins, the American oak barrels make the olfactory nuances that complement the aromatic range of Pèppoli. At the end of refinement followed bottling. The Pèppoli rests in the bottle for a few months before release.
Pèppoli was introduced in 1988 with the first vintage in 1985 and represents the combination of a complex wine, well structured but with a fruity character, full of aromas. This style of wine is made possible thanks to a unique microclimate. The vineyards are planted in a valley particularly favorable and on soils rich in minerals, which are ideal for the cultivation of a Sangiovese full of vitality and fruity character. The Pèppoli Estate, situated in the heart of Chianti Classico, is 100 ha.di which 50 hectares are vineyards.
Ruby red in color, the nose Pèppoli 2012 is characterized by notes of cherry and raspberry; the olfactory profile is completed with shades of violet and vanilla. On the palate this wine is balanced and tasty, good acidity typical of Sangiovese. In aftertaste stand out the fruity and spicy notes of refinement in wood. It 'a wine with soft tannins and a lingering finish.