Falchini Brut - Spumante Metodo Classico Millesimato 2011
The Falchini Brut, Spumante Metodo Classico Millesimato, is first produced in 1978, after following the precious advise of Dott. Giacomo Tachis, which saw an incredible unexplored potential in the Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine. This Spumante is produced from an accurate hand selection of our best grapes of Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chardonnay from the property owned vineyards at Casale, just a few hundred meters from the medieval town of San Gimgnano. After the first fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the wine re-ferments with selected yeast in the bottle, where it further completes its Metodo Classico ageing for a couple of years. The prolonged contact with the lees gives to this (Classic Méthòde Champénoise Millesimè) Spumante Metodo Classico Millesimato a very unique nose and very particular characteristics on the palate. It is a one of a kind Classic style Spumante, produced in very small quantities and not every year; each bottle is numbered.
The first vines of Chardonnay were planted at Casale Falchini in San Gimignano in 1980 under the precious advice of Riccardo Falchinis friend and enologist Dott. Giacomo Tachis as part of two experimental vineyards, along with grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon which later became in 1985 our Super Tuscan "Campora". The name of this new wine "Castel Selva" comes from the original name of the Roman village which was founded by a Roman General and his army when they fled Rome during the Catilinas riots. The same village centuries later took on the name of San Gimignano. Castel Selva also means “Castle in the Forrest”. After a careful hand selection of Chardonnay grapes during the harvest, we soft press the grapes and then the fermentation of the must is carried out in small French oak barrels where wine then also ages for 10 months. Once bottled, the wine completes its refining in the winerys cellars for at least another 4 months before being sold. The typical characteristics of the Chardonnay are highlighted by the terroir of San Gimignano and the careful use of the French barrique, which lead to light aromas of citrus fruits, sweet aromatic flowers and fine herbs, followed by hints of vanilla and sweet spices.
The first vines of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted at Casale Falchini in San Gimignano in 1980 under the precious advice of Riccardo Falchinis friend and enologist Dott. Giacomo Tachis as part of two experimental vineyards, along with grapes of Chardonnay . The first vintage of our Super Tuscan "Campora" wine was 1985 . This newest 2013 vintage of this world renowned wine comes from the property owned vineyard Camporaiolo at Casale in San Gimignano. It is produced from carefully selected Cabernet Sauvignon (95%) and Merlot (5%) grapes. After the fermentation in temperature controlled tanks, the wine passes into small French oak barriques (40% new, 60% used) and is aged for about 30 months; this is where the wine gains the structure and elegance it is noted for. Once bottled, the wine then rests for at least 3 more years in the cellars before being introduced to the public. The main features of the Campora are a deep and intense ruby red colour; the perfume is fine and wide, with mature berries, vanilla and earthy spices; truly mouthfilling, with a lengthy build up of flavours of berries and spices that all culminate into an elegant textured finish. This is a wine with great harmony, remarkable structure and complexity. The Campora, properly stored, can be refined in the bottle for 15-18 years.
Vigna a Solatìo Riserva - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva DOCG vintage 2015
This white wine is produced from the Vigna a Solatìo vineyard at Casale in San Gimignano which is the highest elevated vineyard on the property the first to be replanted in 1968 by Riccardo Falchini. It faces South–South West and receives the most sunlight throughout the year, hence its name “Solatìo”, "the sunny side vineyard". The wine comes entirely from hand harvested 100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano grapes, which because of thier characteristics, right after crushing, the must is selected to become Riserva. The fermentation and refining are done in 225l. French oak barriques for at least 8 months in a temperature controlled room. Once bottled, it completes its refining for six more months before leaving the winery. The typical characteristics of Vernaccia are enhanced by the fermentation in oak barrels, while the use of the French oak barriques increases the bouquet and roundness of this wine. The Vernaccia di San Gimignano is the typical white grape produced only in Italy in the area surrounding San Gimignano, and it dates back its origin to the Medieval times, and it became the first DOC wine of Italy in 1966. This vintage 2015 is the newest release of this wine.
The winery Casale Falchini is located just two steps outside the walls of San Gimignano; the property was acquired by Riccardo Falchini in 1964, descendant of an ancient Florentine family of viticulturist and winemakers, that since 1626 produced wine for Cosimo deMedici. Situated 300 meters above sea level, it extends over a landscape of green rolling hills, many hectares of which are of specialized vineyards. The Casale, the building which names the surrounding area since before the year 1000, used to be an ancient convent run by monks. In 1968 the first specialized vineyards were born, and in 1976 the old wine cellar was converted in to a new modern state-of-the-art cellar, the first in the area to be equipped with stainless steel tanks in order to cold process and temperature control of the fermentation and storage of the wines. The white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano represents 60% of the entire production. This winery has been actively exporting all over the world for over 40 years. The Casale Falchini has received important prizes and awards in international competitions, including several Gold Medals for the two Red Tuscan IGT wines Campora and Paretaio, as well as for the two Vernaccia wines: Vigna a Solatio and Ab Vinea Doni. Unique an very interesting are the Spumante Metodo Classico "Falchini Brut" and the new Tuscan Chardonnay based wine "Castel Selva," first time presented at ProWein 2019!