Strada al Sasso is 100% Sangiovese and comes from a single windswept vineyard block within our prized La Porta vineyard. La Porta means “the door” or “the opening.” The vineyard sits directly in the front of the walled town of San Gusmè, offering the most spectacular view as you drive up to town. This exceptional micro-cru features high-density spacing, careful matching of rootstocks and clones to the soils, and low yields. The soils are 38% sandstone, 32% limestone, 30% loam, and galestro. The vines were replanted at an altitude of 420-450 meters (1400-1450 feet) above sea level between 1998 and 2001 with nine different clones of Sangiovese, including some Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) on five different rootstocks.
This is the most intense, brooding, concentrated, and complex of our DOCG wines. While this wine drinks well in its youth, it is built to evolve and improve over the next decade or more. The grapes are hand-picked and cold-soaked for four days and fermented on skins for 16-20 days, depending on year and fruit ripeness, then drained directly into the barrel for malolactic fermentation. No fining or additives of any kind are used. Pierre Seillan works closely with winemaker Lawrence Cronin and his Italian team, believing his job is to respect tradition, but also to enhance the future.
Varietal Type: Sangiovese
Sub Appellation: Chianti Classico
Ratings: 94 Points, James Suckling, JamesSucking.com, July 2020
Bottle Size: 750ml
Vintages may vary by location; we will ship the most current vintage in stock.