The first vines of Chardonnay grapes were planted in 1980 at Casale Falchini in San Gimignano under the precious advice of Riccardo Falchini’s friend and enologist Dott. Giacomo Tachis as part of a two experimental vineyard site. The name of the wine Castel Selva comes from the original name of the Roman village which was founded by the Roman General Silvius, when they fled Rome during the Emperor Catilina’s riots. That same village centuries later took on the name of San Gimignano. Castel Selva also means “Castle in the Forrest”. After a careful hand selection of Chardonnay grapes picked during the harvest, we soft press the grapes and the must is then placed in small French oak barrels were the fermentation of the wine and then the ageing happens for a total of 10 months. Once bottled, the wine completes its refining in the winery’s cellars for at least another 4 months before being sold. Main features: Light straw yellow with brilliant golden highlights; very fine bouquet, persistent, with appealing hints of vanilla, orange, citrus and spices; dry and deliciously mature, with a very graceful and elegant minerality, slightly nutty with floral honey.