The Value of Essentiality
Cantina Ripoli is located in the town of Monsanto, in the municipality of Barberino Val d’Elsa / Tavernelle in the Chianti Classico DOCG area. At the beginning Cantina Ripoli had only one hectare of vines in Radda in Chianti, an area rich in the indigenous stones of limestone and calcite that lend their unique flavor to Sangiovese wine. Now Cantina Ripoli has grown to include one hectar and half of vineyard. In addition to the original Radda vineyard, Francesco has recently added one small vineyard. The most recently acquired vineyards are located in the Monsanto area (Barberino val d’Elsa), famous for the quality of its wines. Like the Radda vineyards, these vineyards are also characterized by the presence of limestone and calcite.
The entire production of Cantina Ripoli for 2016 and 2017 is 100% Sangiovese. The harvest is done by hand. The grapes are transported in boxes to the cellar where they are immediately destemmed. Vinification takes place in cement tanks without
thermoconditioning systems. No selected or activating yeasts are used. Fermentation begins with a pied de cuve. The refinement occurs in cement tanks; the 2016 and 2017 were refined in these tanks for about a year and a half. In future vintages, a prudent use of wooden barrels will be included in the process. At the end of the aging period, the wine is bottled without filtration.
Essentiality is the red thread that links the wine, the cellar, and the label.
Essentiality is the constant quest to make the vines and the land speak, without frills.
Essentiality is the cellar where the tools are only the few necessary traditional ones.
The label on the Cantina Ripoli features the shape of the golden section, also called
the golden ratio. The golden section is one of the constants of the universe, one of the essential bricks from which all nature is constructed. The Fibonacci numbers
represented by the golden section are the numerical sequence of beauty and
proportions that we find in almost all forms of art. In the fine arts, the term the golden ratio describes the placement of elements within a piece of art in the most
aesthetically pleasing way. In the case of Ripoli winery, the golden section represents Francisco Sarri’s goal of beauty and proportion and balance that we focus on and strive to achieve.