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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
(search item no. 126200)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A bright ruby red color, this Chianti Classico shows well-integrated aromas of ripe black cherries, forest floor, tobacco, and a hint of cedar spice. On the palate, it shows both firm structure and refreshing acidity, making it a versatile food wine.

Perfect for rich meat-based sauces, bean soups, barbecue, and roasted game.

My Notes:

About Castellare:

The vineyards of this 46 acre estate are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of Tuscany's Chianti Classico region. The story of Castellare is the story of Paolo Panerai, who entered the world of winemaking at age 37 after a career in Italian journalism. Panerai feels it is important to understand and respect the experience of the world's best wineries and to apply this understanding to viticulture in Italy. He has great respect for technology from other winemaking regions and chooses to utilize this technology to move forward while rediscovering and reshaping some of the great traditions of Tuscany.

The birds on Castellare's labels symbolize Panerai's commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. Herbicides are not used, nor are any systemic pesticides. Chemical treatment of any kind is shunned. Hunting is also prohibited on the property. As a result of these practices, the property has become a virtual refuge for wildlife, including many of the birds pictured on the labels.