After strict selection of the grapes, the Chianti Riserva DOCG “Vigna di Pallino” Tenuta Sette Ponti is fermented and macerated over a period of 18 days. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged for a year in large oak barrels, before being bottled and left to rest for 6 months prior to release.
The Vigna di Pallino Chianti Riserva takes its name from the grower who, for many years, lovingly looked after this vineyard, which was already present on cadastral maps dating to the beginning of the 1800s. It is located in the Chianti, between Arezzo and Florence, in Central Tuscany. The vines grow at elevations ranging from 200 to 300 metres in calcareous, clay rich loam soils and are planted to a high density of 6,666 vines per hectare, a system that results in extremely high quality fruit. Though made from grapes grown in on the same parcels as the Vigna di Pallino Chianti, only the best quality grapes are used for the Riserva, and it is aged for a longer period in large oak barrels to allow the wine to develop a more nuanced profile.
Tenuta Sette Ponti is the vision of one man, Dr. Antonio Moretti, who after taking over the estate from his father in the late 1990’s decided to produce estate-bottled wines. Recognising the estate’s exceptional terroir, Dr. Moretti, alongside celebrated winemaker, Giuseppe Ca Viola, has transformed Sette Ponti into one of Tuscany’s most celebrated estates. “Sette Ponti has made serious wines for a while now, but over the last few years, proprietor, Antonio Moretti, and consulting oenologist, Giuseppe Ca Viola, have taken things to another level.” — Antonio Galloni. Recent accolades include Gambero Rosso’s Winery of the Year in 2015, multiple 99 point scores and numerous Top 10 Wines in the World by various publications from around the world. It’s name, Tenuta Sette Ponti, is taken from the number of bridges over the Arno River between the two Tuscan cities of Florence and Arezzo. The estate itself, extending over 330 hectares in Valdarno in the heart of Tuscany, covers an area at the foot of the mountain where the vineyards can be found. Vines occupy 50 hectares, ranging in altitude from 200-300 metres, with the oldest vines (mostly Sangiovese) dating back to 1935. The soil is a classic Tuscan mix of sand, clay, limestone and schist-based galestro.