The motto of Fattoria Casaloste is “Essere piccoli per fare grandi vini” -(Be small to make great wines). Being small means dedication to careful inspection of the grapes on the vines, correct pruning, prompt and selective action in case of disease and choosing the exact best time for harvest and other timely interventions. Being small means the flexibility to avoid damaging days of rain during harvest or prolong ripening in splendid, sunny October days. Fattoria Casaloste exclusively employs organic farming method, as certified by its membership in the ICEA (Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale), an organic farming guild. But all this is not enough. Wine, and especially Chianti Classico, is essentially alive and, like all living things, needs love to survive. The aim of Giovanni d'Orsi is to produce sublime Chianti and his life is organized around this objective. Fattoria Casaloste is his only property and it’s where he lives with his family. Wine-making is his only profession. For Giovanni d'Orsi, winemaking is not a business, but his livelihood. Winemaking will always be in his blood!
The 2005 Chianti Classico is made from 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barrels for a period of up to 12 months. Intense ruby in color with aromas of forest fruits on the nose, it is well sustained by typical acidity and tannin with layers of Sangiovese fruit on the finish. Perfect with a diverse range of foods, it works particularly well with red meat, aged cheeses or with Tuscan antipasto.
|2009: 90 Points - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator: "The fruit is exotic, like macerated blueberry and black currant, with hints of underbrush and tar. Firm, compact even, with dusty tannins carrying the finish. Patience required. Best from 2013 through 2024."
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|The wine and the region from which it comes no longer require a presentation.
Yet there is still a great deal to discover and improve in what is considered the pre-eminent Italian wine, for a very simple reason: the wide variety of micro climates, soils and wine-making techniques, different wines can be found in the same growing area, and even within the same winery. This explains the ample room for improving quality in Chianti - from good to sublime.
Quality and quantity are often not easily combined and such excellence can only be pursued by small, but none the less qualified wineries, which live on the superior reputation of their product and make this endeavour their mission.
Standing out among these wineries is Fattoria Casaloste, owned and managed by Giovanni Battista d’Orsi, wine-growing entrepreneur as well as expert agronomist and oenologist, and his wife Emilia.