2005 Corzano e Paterno Chianti

Corzano e Paterno Chianti

Fattoria Corzano e Paterno's vineyards lie on the steep, rugged slopes surrounding the fortified farmhouse "Corzano" in San Casciano Val di Pesa. In 1969 the property changed hands for the first time in 700 years when the Swiss architect Wendel Gelpke purchased the estate from his friend Marchese Ippolito Niccolini. The property is visually stunning; including but not limited to the 16 of the farm's 140 hectares that are planted to grapevines. Climbing to an altitude of 1000', the vineyard forms a natural amphitheatre facing south-southwest in gravelly soil that's rich in clay and lime.

When Gelpke relocated to Corzano with his seven-year-old son, Till, his nephew Aljoscha, and the family sheepdog, Joscha, there was no running water, heat, or modern equipment on the farm. Together, the old man, two boys, and their dog cleared the land with a herd of sheep. These efforts created one of Tuscany's most meticulously farmed small estates.

Corzano e Paterno vineyards
Corzano e Paterno

Nearly forty years later, Till is an internationally renowned cheesemaker and Aljoscha oversees Corzano e Paterno's growing and winemaking. While Tuscan wines run the gamut from overly fruity and simple to earthy and unforgiving, Corzano e Paterno's wines sit right in the middle, bringing all of the brilliance of the Sangiovese grape to the forefront.

Corzano e Paterno's Chianti is both modern and traditional. Ripe, red fruit flavors are wrapped around wonderful aromatic intensity. Unlike many of the wines coming out of Chianti these days, this wine isn't overly extracted or overblown. Give this 2005 Chianti plenty of air and watch it gain weight and depth in the glass.

Try this wine with veal scallopini served with fresh marinara sauce over pasta.