The noble Conti Serristori family is one of the oldest and most famous in Florence. Its ties with the world of wine date back to 1693 when Antonio di Luigi Serristori, a senator of the Republic of Florence married Cassandra dè Ricci, daughter of Ippolita Machiavelli and the last direct descendent of the famous Niccolò. She brought a dowry that included a farm with vineyards and olive groves where the family wines are still made.
PRODUCTION DISTRICT: Hillsides in the Chianti Classico DOC zone.
ALTITUDE: 300–450 metres above sea level.
SOIL TYPE: Favourably aspected plots with prevalence of alberese and galestro at higher altitudes.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Guyot and spurred cordon.
HARVEST: By mid-October.
WINEMAKING METHOD: Traditional red winemaking method, with two weeks’ maceration and frequent pumping-over. Fermentation, prior to the addition of cultured yeasts, takes place at a controlled temperature (26–28 °C) producing a well-structured wine rich in fruity notes.
AGEING NOTE: Serristori Chianti Classico ages slowly in the cellar following the traditional methods.
SENSORY PROFILE: Ruby red colour. Heady, fragrant aromas of ripe grapes and iris, with hints of wild berries. Rounded, very suave flavour, candid, tangy and pleasantly fruity, finishing on stylish and very lingering notes of raspberries and almonds.
RECOMMENDED CELLARING: 6 years in bottles laid down in a cool, dark place.
FOOD PAIRING: Game, mixed grilled meats, mature sheep’s milk cheese.