The Istine vineyard is 5 ha in Radda at an altitude of 500 metres and a northwest orientation. The soil here is very rocky, mainly alberese with also marl limestone, galestro and some quartz here and there. A very cool vineyard, therefore, and Angela harvests these up to 3 weeks after the others. The vines here are traditionally pruned in “cordone speronate”, but Angela now converts them to “simple Guyot” to better control yields. The wine ferments in stainless steel cuves at a maximum temperature of 30°C with regular remontages (pumping over). The skin soaking lasts up to 45 days! Afterwards, the wine goes into 10 hl to 40 hl large Austrian oak barrels from Stockinger or Pauscha. Everything is put on quality here! Vigna Casanova dell’ Aia (in Radda) is a truly magnificent and extremely varietal, powerful and fresh Chianti Classico with a quasi-perfect balance between concentration and freshness and a wonderfully long finish. Istine is not very well known yet, but make no mistake, this really is a top domain!
Antonio Galloni (Vinous): “The 2018 Chianti Classico Vigna Casanova dell’Aia is a rich, powerful wine. cask. It is also a bit less put together than the other wines in the range at this stage. Succulent black cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco, spice and new leather all build as this decidedly potent, virile wine shows everything it has. All of the Istine 2018s need more time, none more so than the Casanova dell’Aia.”94+/100