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Cantine Leonardo da Vinci Chianti 2009

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The Da Vinci wines are produced at the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci cooperative, founded in 1961. It has approximately 150 member growers whose vineyards are located on the hilly areas around Vinci and Cerreto Guidi. As part of a new ethos of improved quality, the co-operative brought in consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at the end of 1996 since when their wines have noticeably improved. This ethos of quality encompasses every aspect of their operation: from better work in the vineyard to a more careful selection of fruit; vinification of separate parcels of fruit; bleeding the must in order to increase the proportion of solids to liquids in the fermentation tank, thus ensuring greater extraction of flavour and colour; and early bottling to ensure that the fruit is retained rather than dissipated. The vineyards are situated on hillside slopes in the Chianti zone. The vineyard rows lie perpendicular to the steepest part of the slope where possible and face south to guarantee more sunshine during the day. Soils here were formed by centuries of accumulated silt and clay sandstone with marl, splintered shale, being the primary component. They are deep and permeable and therefore reasonably good at retaining water. The resulting wine is bright, ruby red in colour with perfumes of cherries and fresh red berry fruit on the nose. On the palate it is ripe and lively, with spiced berry fruit characters and a rounded supporting structure. Tannins are soft and ripe, with a hint of spice from the judicious oak ageing.

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DaVinci Wine:
Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins its life just outside the historic town of Vinci. There in the Tuscan hillsides, over 200 local winegrowers have joined together to form Cantine Leonardo da Vinci—an innovative growers' cooperative committed to producing authentic Tuscan wine. This pioneering cooperative encompasses... Read more
Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins its life just outside the historic town of Vinci. There in the Tuscan hillsides, over 200 local winegrowers have joined together to form Cantine Leonardo da Vinci—an innovative growers' cooperative committed to producing authentic Tuscan wine. This pioneering cooperative encompasses over 500 hectares of vineyards. These vineyards are owned and run by local growers, such as Lorenzo Locci and Bruno Rossetti. Growers such as Lorenzo and Bruno are the heart and soul of Cantine Leonardo da Vinci. Lorenzo oversees his family vineyard. For 50 years the Locci family has grown grapes for DaVinci Wine. For the last 30 years, Bruno also has nurtured his 7 hectare vineyard with love, care and the Tuscan traditions he learned from his father. Lorenzo, Bruno, and all the passionate winegrowers who make up the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci cooperative ensure that DaVinci Wine is crafted with only the best fruit of the harvest. "The better the grapes, the better the wine," the growers say. With every glass of our wine, you can taste the fruit of their success. Read less

The Da Vinci wines are produced at the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci cooperative, founded in 1961. It has approximately 150 member growers whose vineyards are located on the hilly areas around Vinci and Cerreto Guidi. As part of a new ethos of improved quality, the co-operative brought in consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at the end of 1996 since when their wines have noticeably improved. This ethos of quality encompasses every aspect of their operation: from better work in the vineyard to a more careful selection of fruit; vinification of separate parcels of fruit; bleeding the must in order to increase the proportion of solids to liquids in the fermentation tank, thus ensuring greater extraction of flavour and colour; and early bottling to ensure that the fruit is retained rather than dissipated. The vineyards are situated on hillside slopes in the Chianti zone. The vineyard rows lie perpendicular to the steepest part of the slope where possible and face south to guarantee more sunshine during the day. Soils here were formed by centuries of accumulated silt and clay sandstone with marl, splintered shale, being the primary component. They are deep and permeable and therefore reasonably good at retaining water. The resulting wine is bright, ruby red in colour with perfumes of cherries and fresh red berry fruit on the nose. On the palate it is ripe and lively, with spiced berry fruit characters and a rounded supporting structure. Tannins are soft and ripe, with a hint of spice from the judicious oak ageing.

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