Belcanto has a ruby red color. On the nose it has scents of juicy cherries, raspberries and spicy aromas with hints of Mediterranean herbs. The wine has a medium body with soft and juicy tannins on the palate and a fresh and velvety finish. Excellent for Tuscan starters and charcuterie, as well as for all types of pasta. Best served at around 16 ° C.
In the music world Belcanto stands for harmony that radiates a complete work. Belcanto also echoes the adage of the great wine critic Luigi Veronelli: "Wine is the hymn of the earth in the sky." In all respects Belcanto is the appropriate name for Nittardi's latest composition. The label refers to the history and terroir of the wine: eight pebbles in the colors of the gray galestro soil and the typical red hue of Chianti Classico - such as the eight notes of the scale and the eight grape varieties of Belcanto. And looking from this mosaic of eight pebbles, the face of Nittardi's historic owner: the Italian master painter and archetypal "Renaissance man", Michelangelo Buonarroti.
All grapes come from the vineyards of Nittardi in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti. Half of the grapes for Belcanto come from vineyards in Nittardi, located 450 meters above sea level, while the other half comes from a vineyard near Villa Rosa, south of Castellina at 270 meters. The Villa Rosa vineyard, planted in 1968, has Sangiovese and small amounts of seven other local grape varieties, including Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda and Pugnitello. Both vineyards enjoy a soil mix of limestone and clay with a rich skeleton of Galestro, the local name for slate, which gives the wine a pleasant minerality.
2017 was an extreme vintage that will be remembered as the hottest and driest vintage ever in Tuscany.After a cold winter with less rain than usual, spring and summer were very dry.There was practically no rain from the end of April until the harvest in the Chianti Classico vineyards of Nittardi.Temperatures were very hot for long periods.This reduced the total grape quantities by 30-40%.From the end of August, the healthy and ripe grapes from the Villa Rosa vineyards are picked and the grapes at Nittardi at the beginning of September.Since 2017, all vineyards (Maremma and Chianti Classico) have been certified organic.