Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).
San Fabiano Calcinaia Cellole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 - May 2018 Decanter review
Guido Serio and his wife Isa arrived at San Fabiano in 1983 and immediately set about making improvements to both the vineyard and winery to allow them to produce quality wines. The vineyards of San Fabiano Calcinaia are located among the hills of the prestigious Chianti countryside. San Fabiano Calcinaia is situated in Castellina in Chianti, on the slope that descends towards Val d’Elsa. The winery covers 165 hectares and is located at 550 mt above sea level. Cellole is where their best vineyards are to be found.
Careful selection of the grapes is done during harvest in the field and further choice is made in the cellar. Fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature (28- 32 °C) with long maceration on the skins (20 days and more). Malolactic fermentation happens in barriques. The wine then matures in firt use barriques for 20 – 22 months before spending at least 12 months maturing in bottle.
This wine is rich ruby in colour with hints of youthful violet tones. It has a fine, intensive, very persistent perfume, with an aromatic complexity, from violet and cherry tones to spices like liquorice and pepper, then vanilla, cocao and tobacco flavours come through. This is a wine with a balanced structure. The palate is warm, enveloping, soft and elegant and has a complex, yet well integrated tannic structure. It has a long finish. It is an harmonic wine, able to express itself better after several years of aging, but it will not disappoint even if it is drunk whilst still quite young.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.