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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Castellare Chianti Classico 2008
Castellare Chianti Classico 2008
(search item no. 110074)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chianti Classico is brilliant ruby red with generous aromas of ripe black cherry, violets and vanilla followed by elegant layers of dark fruit, tobacco and sweet spice on the palate. Dry, full-bodied and firmly structured, this wine makes a great pairing with roast beef, tripe or granular aged cheeses.
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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.