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Living with the wine in the heart 

"... today, the visionaries who experience with crops and vines and pruning and grafting and barrels and bottles, and time are those who have honed the art, having studied the craft of making wine, who continue to study to do more and above all do better. wine production has become an almost exact science, but retains the charm and awe of the earth and the whims of sun and benevolent and threatening rain. Just nothing to frustrate the efforts of man and science instead of making wine a good harvest. Today in every cup that is empty there is the knowledge of a few and hard work of many, faith and consciousness and the dream that I have by the end of the first cluster crushed between the fingers."

Cippi Pitschen

  • Vinitaly 2016, 91 points for Chianti Classico Campomaggio 2013

    5 Stars Wine 2016

    From the 1st to the 3rd of April, an internationally renowned panel selected and made up of credible professionals scored the participating wines within Italy and the rest of the world. This commission awarded our Chianti Classico Tenuta Campomaggio 2013, Radda in Chianti, with 91 points...

     

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    2016, Apr 07 · Reviews ·  Share

  • Gilbert & Gaillard, tasting 2016

    Gold medal to our wines

    Once again this year excellent ratings for our wines from the prestigious French guide Gilbert & Gaillard. The 2013 Chianti Classico DOCG of Campomaggio estate has been awarded 91 pts. 91 pts also for the Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2011 from the same estate. The Genius Loci Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2012 from Burchino estate won 88 pts.  As for the wines of Tenuta Poggio al Casone, Chianti DOCG Superiore 2014 was awarded 89 pts and La Cattura Toscana IGT 2013 87 pts. Thanks to the excellent scores achieved, all the wines mentioned won the prestigious Gold Medal with our great satisfaction.

     

    2016, Mar 31 · Reviews ·  Share

  • Genius Loci 2010 ranked No. 1 among Pisan area Aged Red Wines

    The contest called "I Pisani più Schietti" XVII edition

    The Sangiovese di Toscana IGT Genius Loci 2010 of our Burchino Estate in Terricciola village (Pisa), No. 1 category Pisan area Aged Red Wines. It is an important result, especially because in local contests the wine judges have a deep knowledge of the territory, thus giving us a further confirmation of the high quality of the top wine of our Estate.

     

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    2015, Dec 01 · Reviews ·  Share

  • The 2015 Harvest in Castellani Tuscan estates

    The report

    The elements which characterized this year in Tuscany were a winter full of rain and a mild spring with good water reserves; bud break began early compared to last year, as well as the flowering began after the middle of May, which was followed by an excellent fruit setting.

    The extremely hot summer has been crucial:   temperatures higher than normal and low rainfall for a rather extended period, both conditions that allowed a very positive trend of grapes ripening and the storing of aromatic and polyphenolic substances. The climatic conditions counteracted the onset of major diseases of the vine: the vineyards have therefore enjoyed an  unusual health, the bunches appear very healthy. After mid-August the situation changed again with providential rainfall and the consequent drop in temperatures that re-established the ideal conditions for the remaining cycle of the vine, bringing the turgidity in the grapes at optimal conditions.

    September ran with favourable climate, effective in consolidating quality.

    In the farms owned by the Castellani family the harvest began 10 days later than usual:  it started on 2nd September with Merlot in the Travalda Estate and ended on 9th October in the Campomaggio Estate. Low rainfall during the harvest contributed to the excellent health of the grapes harvested at their full ripeness.

    In our Estates the handpicking and the further selection of grapes are giving good results in vinification.

    2015 proves to be an excellent vintage, distinguished by superb quality of the grapes, mainly for Sangiovese that could express its best thanks to perfect vegetative and ripening stages.

     

    2015, Nov 17 · Life ·  Share

  • Wine Enthusiast rewards us with excellent ratings

    Find below the detailed list.

    After tasting sessions Wine Enthusiast gives excellent scores to the wines from our estates, thus confirming the trend of continuous growth in quality.

     

    Castellani - Tenuta di Ceppaiano “Violetta” Toscana Red

    Vintage 2010: 91 points
    Aromas of blue flowers, black-skinned berries, baking spice and Mediterranean herb take shape in the glass. A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the approachable palate doles out black cherry, crushed plum, cinnamon and clove while dried mint provides backup. Silky tannins and fresh acidity balance the juicy flavors. Drink through 2018. — K.O.  (8/1/2015)

    Older vintages history
    Vintage 2007: 90 points
    Vintage 2004: 90 points

     

    Castellani - Tenuta di Ceppaiano “Alle Viole” Toscana Red
    Older vintages history
    Vintage 2007: 88 points
    Vintage 2005: 90 points BEST BUY

     

    Castellani - Vigneti di Campomaggio Chianti Classico Riserva (Sangiovese)
    Vintage 2010: 89 points
    Classic aromas of fragrant blue flowers, ripe plum and sweet baking spice lead the nose. The polished palate delivers dried cherry, crushed raspberry, anise, clove and grilled herb alongside smooth tannins that make this already extremely accessible. Drink through 2018. — K.O.  (9/1/2015)

    Older vintages history
    Vintage 2004: 90 points
    Vintage 2003: 88 points
    Vintage 1997: 91 points

     

    Castellani - Vigneti di Campomaggio Chianti Classico (Sangiovese)
    Vintage 2012: 89 points
    Aromas of plum, dark berry, iris, tobacco and a whiff of menthol emerge in the glass. The palate is a bit more subdued than the nose, offering dried black cherry, mint, dark spice and a hint of coffee. Soft, smooth tannins give it polish and an easy-drinking vibe. — K.O.  (9/1/2015)

    Older vintages history
    Vintage 2006: 88 points

     

    Castellani - Tenuta di Burchino “Genius Loci” Sangiovese di Toscana
    Older vintages history
    Vintage 2007: 89 points
    Vintage 2003: 90 points

     

    2015, Nov 02 · Reviews ·  Share

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90+ Club

Everyone knows that wines that earn 90 points or more are truly superb wines. Only a handful of wines earn the 90+ points distinction from the top wine raters... go to our "90+ Club" wines area!

 

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Italy, vintage 2014 report

In Italy the Assoenologi (Italian official association of professional oenologists) estimates a total production of 40 million hectoliters of wine for the vintage 2014.  A quantity reduction by 17% compared to last year, which registered a production of 48.2 million hectoliters (Istat data), and by 11% when referring to the average of the past five years (2009-2013) - with 2011 and 2012 vintages that have been the scarcest of the past 50 years. Overall, 2014 was a difficult year with  various critical conditions and Assoenologi estimates  that there will be very few excellences. The positive weather trend in September and October has improved the quality but could not turn the situation around. According to Assoenologi Veneto region remains the more productive Italian region with a forecast of 7.8 million hectoliters. Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and Sicily together will produce 23.6 million hectoliters in 2014, nearly 60% of all Italian wine. In Tuscany, as in the rest of the country, the climate has not granted respite, with a mild winter 2013 -2014, during which the temperature never dropped below 0 °, which was followed by one of the coolest and most rainy summers from 1800.

 

The main vine and grape diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis) have found an optimal environment for their development.
This has forced producers to act with adequate and repeated treatments against the virulence of the attacks that, where not blocked, have decimated the quantity and quality.
Most of the wineries have been forced to make a strict selection of the grapes on the vines and a careful selection in the cellar, which has lowered the quantity of the product to protect the quality.
Walking among the vine rows, particularly in the DOCG areas, the amount of clusters to the ground was evident.?The above implies that the quality in 2014 will cost more because, in addition to the increasing costs of the repeated treatments in the vineyards, it forced producers to renounce to a substantial amount of production to obtain quality wines.

 

Italian wine is still the world's best-seller. The data on exports processed by Assoenologi for the first half of 2014 recorded an additional increase in both value and volume, mainly due to the expansion of bottled wine and the brilliant performance of the classic premium wines (Tuscany and Piedmont) and sparkling wines, which increased, mainly thanks to Prosecco, by more than 15.6% in value and 20.1% in volume.

 

Source: Assoenologi – www.assoenologi.it

 

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Castellani rediscovers a vine from 1885

Total black look with silver foil on the label, the Grand Noir bottle is completely dressed in black, refined and important as is due to a kind of wine of ancient origin that finally returns to be poured and tasted in our glasses.

 

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