Belcanto has a ruby red color. On the nose it has scents of juicy cherries, raspberries and spicy aromas with hints of Mediterranean herbs. The wine has a medium body with soft and juicy tannins on the palate and a fresh and velvety finish. Excellent for Tuscan starters and charcuterie, as well as for all types of pasta. Best served at around 16 ° C.
In the music world Belcanto stands for harmony that radiates a complete work. Belcanto also echoes the adage of the great wine critic Luigi Veronelli: "Wine is the hymn of the earth in the sky." In all respects Belcanto is the appropriate name for Nittardi's latest composition. The label refers to the history and terroir of the wine: eight pebbles in the colors of the gray galestro soil and the typical red hue of Chianti Classico - such as the eight notes of the scale and the eight grape varieties of Belcanto. And looking from this mosaic of eight pebbles, the face of Nittardi's historic owner: the Italian master painter and archetypal "Renaissance man", Michelangelo Buonarroti.
All grapes come from the vineyards of Nittardi in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti. Half of the grapes for Belcanto come from vineyards in Nittardi, located 450 meters above sea level, while the other half comes from a vineyard near Villa Rosa, south of Castellina at 270 meters. The Villa Rosa vineyard, planted in 1968, has Sangiovese and small amounts of seven other local grape varieties, including Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Mammolo, Foglia Tonda and Pugnitello. Both vineyards enjoy a soil mix of limestone and clay with a rich skeleton of Galestro, the local name for slate, which gives the wine a pleasant minerality.
A perfect vintage, 2016 comes after the excellent vintage of 2015, and in the future we will spend many evenings discussing which vintage from this great couple is our favorite. After a mild winter with abundant rain, buds broke out in early April. Dry and warm weather dominated the spring and summer, and a few showers in July and August ensured enough water to keep our vines healthy without significant water stress. 2016 is a classic, hedonistic warm vintage and can be compared to 2006 and 2010. At the moment, 2016 wines seem more open, rich and round and ready to drink compared to their more austere 2015 siblings.