The wine shows a deep, luminous ruby. On the nose, sweet, toasty notes of oak enhance the fruit, with marked nuances of ripe cherry refined by elegant scents of violets. On entry, the wine immediately demonstrates its superb, full-structured character, with a harmonious, judicious balance between tannins and alcohol. An intensely savoury finish.
"Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a vanilla, milk chocolate and blackberry character. This is long and very rich. Chewy. Needs time. The best Chianti Classico ever from this producer. Best after 2009. 50,000 cases made."
"The 2006 Chianti Classico (100% Sangiovese) is truly beautiful as it opens up in the glass, revealing tons of fruit in the powerful, ripe style that is typical of Castelnuovo. The wine possesses tons of stuffing and richness yet maintains notable clarity. Not only is this Chianti Classico a superb value, it can also challenge wines costing twice as much. Needless to say, it is highly recommended. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016. "
The Wine Advocate
Smooth & Supple
Really liked this wine. Much better than typical Chianti Classicos I've tried. Very soft and rich with great black cherry and fresh tobacco notes in the nose. Classic.
I paired this the other night with a meaty lasagna dish, not knowing what to expect as it was my first time trying it. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it complimented my meal. A very nice Sangiovese with moderate tannins, black fruit, cocoa, floral notes, and a smooth finish. Also, its great on its own! Will buy this again as its a real value for under $20.
Smooth & Supple