Deep, dark purple in youth, tending gradually to garnet over time
Richly perfumed, aroma of violets and cherry
Smooth and elegant with an opulent flavor reminiscent of ripe plums, sour cherries and other red berry fruit; with its extended aging capacity, it develops in complexity and finesse
Verrazzano’s modern-day claim to fame stems from its wines. Wine authority Burton Anderson named it one of a select few estates forming ”the foundation on which Chianti’s renewed prestige has been built.” One hundred and five acres of vines thrive in its limestone rich soil. Though present in southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern sector, accounting for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in Verrazzano wines. In outstanding vintages, Verrazzano produces a Riserva Chianti Classico with grapes from the finest portions of the estate.
|Wine maker notes
|From the Greve district in the northern portion of the Chianti Classico DOC, south of Florence in Tuscany. 105 acres of vine are planted at altitudes ranging from 1,150 to 1,480 feet in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil. Though present in warmer, southern areas of Chianti Classico, limestone is unique to Verrazzano in the cooler, northern portion of the district. The soil here is extremely lean and stony (43% lime, 29% clay, 28% sand). Fertilization is entirely organic.
Grape Varieties - 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo
Vinification - Grapes from selected portions of the Verrazzano vineyards are harvested by hand in October and undergo a 8-12 day maceration period. The wine is aged 24 months new French oak barrels and bottle-aged six months prior to release.
|Official documents of the XIVth century describe the vineyards and the olive groves of Verrazzano. Giovanni da Verrazzano, celebrated navigator and discoverer of the bay of New York and the majority of the east coast of America, was born here in 1485. The famous bridge in New York was named after him in 1964.
The important Florentine family of Ridolfi succeeded to the Verrazzano after the death of the last descendant; great works and initiatives related to agriculture and culture are due to them. A special mention goes to the Marquis Cosimo, president of the prestigious Academy of Georgofili, and Luigi Ridolfi, great Florentine patron active in sport and music. In 1958 the Cappellini family took over the Castle on the road of decadence and brought it back it to its former glory by restoring the villa and rebuilding the agricultural tissue according to an ancient model. Nowadays the Castle of Verrazzano is undoubtedly one of the reference wineries in the area.