#5 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The Castello di Brolio expresses the refined elegance that is only specific to the terroir of Brolio. It is a "seamless wine" achieved by selecting the best grapes of Brolio, matured in barriques, with a long fining in the bottle that enhances its noble elegance. Sangiovese with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
With this harvest, it was finally possible for the Sangiovese to express its
maximum potential. Intense ruby color with garnet tinges, it has a beautiful
aromatic complex bouquet. Chocolate/coffee and spices palate, it possesses
elegant tannin content and a lingering finish.
Chianti Classico is especially perfect as a compliment to meat-based main courses, such as porchetta allo spiedo, tripe, bistecca alla fiorentina, Colonnata lard, cold cuts and finocchiona di cinta senese. Chianti Classico also goes well with semi-mature Pecorino Toscano cheese, crostini alla toscana and fagioli al fiasco. The wine should be served at a temperature of 60-65°F.
"Shows amazing aromas of blackberry, with hints of vanilla and flowers, along with black licorice and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with wonderfully caressing, ultrafine tannins. Very balanced and long. Best after 2011. 6,170 cases made."
"Born at the heart of the dreamiest of Tuscan landscapes, Castello di Brolio is a monumental Chianti Classico with rich notes of berry fruit, leather, exotic spice and blackberry. The wine is incredibly smooth and polished in the mouth with enduring berry flavors and silky tannins."
I bought this wine to share at an Italian wine and food potluck. This Chianti stood out among a star studded field of barolos, barbarescos, and brunellos. BUY IT! This is better than an overpriced Napa Cab any day.
One of the most beautiful chianti's I have had. The nose is amazingly pleasant with strong leather and dark fruits. Well balanced and smooth with an explosion of flavors in the mouth. Brilliant bottle overall!
Smooth & Supple
Pasta > Meat, Pasta > Tomato-base
What a remarkable wine! Most prominent on the palate was the anise; however, it was not overpowering. It was well integrated with the luscious dark berries and the ever so subtle hint of white pepper. Not surprising in the least was the silky finesse of a long finish. Left me wanting more!