Color - Deep ruby, leading to garnet with age
Bouquet - Saturated, richly perfumed, heady scent of cherries, blackberries, raspberries against backdrop of spice and vanilla
Taste - Rich, concentrated and full-bodied, with tight-knit tannins and an a pleasant, lingering finish of spice and ripe fruit.
Wine Enthusiast 94 points - Leather, game, blue flowers and ripe, dark-skinned fruit aromas open this full-bodied wine made from the estate’s highest vineyards. The palate offers dried black cherry, ground black pepper, clove, thyme and licorice alongside assertive, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It closes on a graphite note. Drink 2018-2028.
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.
|Wine maker notes
|Crown jewel of the Verrazzano estate, Sassello is a 100% Sangiovese of extremely limited production. Made only in the finest vintages, it originates exclusively in the estate’s La Querciolina vineyard and is named for a songbird that frequents the area around harvest time. This is a wine that will continue to evolve and impress with age.
|Grapes for Sassello were harvested by hand October 8th-13th. The resulting wine is gently pressed after a 15-day maceration with delicate pumping over. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (75% Allier - 25% Vosges: 228ltrs). After bottling, it is aged at the estate a further 6 months prior to release.
Grape Varieties - 100% estate-grown Sangiovese from Verrazzano’s prized La Querciolina vineyard
Grapes for Sassello are harvested by hand generally during the first two weeks of October. The resulting wine is gently pressed after a 15-day maceration and aged 12 months in French oak barrels. After bottling, it is aged at the estate a further 15 months prior to release.
Growing Conditions: 105 acres of vine 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.
|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.