Introduced in 1988 with the 1985 vintage, Peppoli DOCG is the archetypal modern Chianti Classico. In a departure from traditional Chiantis, Pèppoli combines the complexity and structure of a well-aged Riserva with the fruity fragrance of a young wine. This style is made possible by a unique microclimate where east-northeast facing vineyards are planted in a small heat-retaining valley on mineral-rich rocky soils that are perfect for growing very fruity, lively Sangiovese. The wine further benefits from the use of better Sangiovese clones, severe grape bunch selection, delayed and cluster harvest when necessary. The wine is produced on Antinori's Pèppoli Estate.
90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and Syrah, the grape varieties were fermented separately to realize the full potential of each. Sangiovese was given ten days of skin contact in stainless steel tanks, while Merlot and Syrah were fermented on their own in to obtain soft tannins and to conserve their fruit by means of a complete control of fermentation temperatures. All three went through complete malolactic fermentation by winter. They were then blended and aged in oak for a period of approximately nine months, principally in Slavonian oak casks but with a 10% of small American oak barrels as well. The larger casks assisted in maintaining the fruity aromas of the fermentation, while the American oak barrels completed the aromatic range of Pèppoli. The wine was then bottled and given a few months of bottle age before commercial release.
Ruby red in color, Pèppoli shows notes of cherries well integrated with the chocolate and vanilla aromas of the oak aging. The palate shows much Sangiovese varietal character. The tannins are soft and silky, and the flavors are long and well sustained. Pèppoli is made with a view to being enjoyed fairly young, when all its fruity nuances are at their maximum.
Length of aging:
Medium-Bodied Red Wine