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2019 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

SKU #1547265 92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Aromas of graphite and eucalyptus are distinctive, giving way to a core of ripe, juicy black cherry, black currant, tar and tobacco flavors. Firm yet balanced in a youthful, exuberant way, with a lingering finish of both fruit and balsamic notes. *Smart Buys* (BS) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Owner Paolo Panerai adopted organic practises when he took over his family’s estate in 1975, though he has never certified the wines. His iconic labels depict the multitude of rare birds that have returned to the property since the use of synthetic chemicals was eradicated. Pronounced and pretty with scents of allspice, rose, violet and a hint of leather. The palate is sumptuous and layered, with ripe cherry, plum and a juicy nectarine quality. Charmingly exuberant, this is clean and polished but not too polite. It's quite racy and finishes with an orange twist. (MM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of redcurrants, raspberries, pine and cedar. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Juicy and precise on the palate with good structure and a flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2021 | Send Email
I often describe my job tasting wine as kissing frogs looking for a princess, and unfortunately there are a lot more frogs out there than princesses. So, when I put my nose in a glass and say 'WOW!,' that means something. This wine floored me. I often speak specifically of purity when describing aromatics of classic Sangiovese, but there's so much more than that, too. This wine has everything. The nose is profound with waves of marasca cherry, hints of Tuscan herbs, and incredible persistence. On the palate, the flavors are saturated, deeply flavored, with that marasca cherry backed up by a real sense of place—that Castellina core stretches the wine out the length along the entire palate. Now this is Chianti Classico—incredible depth and richness, yet still extraordinarily well balanced with smooth tannins. It's a richly textured, true expression of the region. We bought all there was of this wine, and the next batch will have a price increase, so stock up now!

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