Volpaia Citto

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In the Tuscan dialect, "Citto" means "a young boy." Crafted in the tradition of the wineries of Bordeaux; Chateau Mouton Rothchild has its Mouton Cadet, Cheval Blanc has its Petit Cheval and Castello di Volpaia has its Citto.

The 2016 Citto is a vivid ruby color. This generous, silky wine displays ripe fruit aromas with intense cherry and red berry flavors on the palate.

The village of Volpaia is located on a hilltop just north of the town of Radda in Chianti, 2,024 feet above the sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Volpaia was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence-Siena border. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia one of the best-preserved villages of its period.

The first document that mentions the cultivation of vines in Volpaia dates back to 1172. In 1250, Volpaia was a founding member of the Lega del Chianti (Chianti League). Volpaia was included in the League's Terziere di Radda. The territories were front-line garrison towns for Florence in the Florentine-Sienese wars, and the emblem for the Chianti League was the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster.

Raffaello Stianti, one of Italy's preeminent printers and bookbinders, adored his daughter, Giovannella. On the occasion of her fifteenth birthday, Raffaello presented Giovannella with an 18th-century Florentine ring in the shape of two foxes. Volpaia means "fox's lair" in Italian, thus, in Giovannella's opinion, "sealing her destiny." Raffaello bought the Volpaia estate, including two-thirds of the village, in 1966. When Giovannella married Carlo Mascheroni in 1972, Raffaello gave the village and winery to the young couple as a wedding gift.

By the mid-1970s, Carlo and Giovannella decided to modernize the winery and produce wines ' all without altering the external structure of the 11th-century village. They converted several historical sites to cellars, offices and apartments. Within the castle, whole floors were removed, roofs were raised and carefully re-laid with their original tiles, while abandoned churches were fitted with the latest stainless-steel equipment. Giovannella and Carlo were the first in the Chianti Classico region to utilize temperature-controlled fermentation techniques.

Italy, Tuscany
Mostly Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon
13% Alcohol
Organic

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Bottles are in perfect condition.