Balifico Castello di Volpaia 2015

This is Volpaia’s only red wine that doesn’t meet the specifications of a Chianti Classico, it is, however, true to the local traditions, infact it is a supertuscan produced from its own vineyard which was specially planted with 65% Sangiovese and 35% Cabernet
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WineryCastello di Volpaia
TypeRed Wines
Wine zoneChianti
Appellation or VineSangiovese
CompositionSangiovese (65%), Cabernet (35%)
Alcoholic Content14
Bottle typeBordolese
Content (cl)75
Glass typeBordeaux Grand Cru
The great elegance of Volpaia’s wines are due to the estate’s high altitude and very particular terrain. Thanks to the very wide excursion between day and night temperatures, the grapes ripen slowly allowing the wine to develop a complex and elegant nose. Balifico is produced from Sangiovese and Cabernet grapes grown in its own vineyard of the same name. Although it has a more international flavour than Volpaia’s other wines, it remains faithful to local traditions. The well tempered ageing in French barriques adds to its structure and smoothness. Balifico is an intense ruby red with dark violet reflections. Elegant and refined with hints of blackberries and bilberry together with traces of cinnamon and boisèe, Balifico is smooth and well rounded with excellent structure and a persistent aftertaste of red berries.

The producer

Volpaia is an 11th Century fortified village which has been entirely restored and devoted to the production of wine. Something that has been going on there since 1172! In 2000 The Wall Street Journal named Volpaia one of the seven wonders of Italy and, in fact, every year it attracts innumerable visitors. Local traditions are very much respected and around Volpaia they grow mainly Sangiovese grapes, but they do use the latest technology. Over the years, in an almost ideal location, they planted and later transferred various Sangiovese clones they collected and nurtured with the utmost care in a special vineyard. Volpaia’s high altitude, special terrain and state of the art technology all contribute to the special quality of its wines, bestowing on them a unique elegance.

Best with

Cured meats, game birs, wild boar, red meat in general and well matured cheese.

How to serve it

To reap the full benefit of Balifico’s outstanding bouquet, we suggest that you either open the bottle 1 or 2 hours before serving or decant it. Serve in large bowled clear crystal goblets at a temperature of between 18 and 20 °C.

How to keep

When correctly stored, this wine ages exceptionally well for over 15 years. Keep in a horizontal position in dark, cool and damp conditions.


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