Casanuova di Nittardi has a rich ruby red color.Intense red fruit character - ripe cherries and plums dominate, with interesting notes of garrigue and white pepper.The taste has a beautifully elegant and juicy structure with an important tannin backbone that gives the wine length and graceful aging.We like to drink the wine with a traditional Ossobuco in Bianco or with a Peposo dell'Impruneta, in addition, it can be beautifully combined with meat dishes and various pastas, preferably with squirrel bread.Best served at around 16 ° C (slightly cooler than you would normally serve your red wine).
Since 1981, Nittardi has paid an annual tribute to Michelangelo by having internationally recognized artists such as Hundertwasser, Yoko Ono, Günter Grass or Dario Fo make the label and a wrapping paper. The artwork for the vintage 2016 was entrusted to British artist Allen Jones. His provocative work is best known for his interest in gender and power relations, and it has had a significant impact on 20th century pop culture. 2016 is unique in Nittardi's history, as Jones created two different wrapping papers: in addition to the ordinary, he painted a second paper that envelops a secret edition of bottles coming out of Nittardi's dark cellar.
The Casanuova di Nittardi vineyard is a pure Sangiovese from the vineyard "Vigna Doghessa". The vineyard is located on a south-facing hill at 450 meters above sea level and has a soil full of slate, which gives the wine a strong minerality and pleasant freshness.
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.
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels of 500l.
Storage potential: at least 10 years.