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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
(search item no. 16841)

PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $27.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant ruby red with an ample bouquet of violets, iris and vanilla. Deep layers of fruit. Dry and full bodied with hints of almond. Also exhibits slight notes of tobacco. This is a concentrated, consistently round wine with a velvety feel and a lingering finish. Recommended to accompany roasted meats and game. In Tuscany, this wine is very popular with pheasant.
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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.