Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Made from 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo grown in the Il Poggiale vineyard, the grapes come from an elevation of almost 1,500 feet above sea level. The combination of high elevation and extremely low yields results in a wine that
manages to simultaneously show both restraint and layered richness. This classic red holds great aging capability.
This Riserva is a brilliant garnet color with layered aromas of red cherries, earth, rose flowers, and leather. On the palate, the wine shows excellent structure with firm, integrated tannins and is full-bodied with plenty of spice.
"Good bright red. Complex, knockout nose offers red cherry, redcurrant, licorice, cinnamon and camphor. An essence of sangiovese in the mouth, with suave, penetratingly pure red cherry, red berry and mineral flavors conveying an impression of energy and precision. Very intensely flavored and seamless wine with sneaky concentration and wonderful balance. I suspect this will develop more density and flesh with another year of bottle age. Finishes with firm, high-quality tannins, harmionious acidity, piercing minerality, and lovely lingering perfume. This may well be the best young Il Poggiale ever. It's a wine of mindblowing purity and precision, magically combining perfume, refinement and purity of flavor.
International Wine Cellar
"The single-vineyard 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is huge. Black fruit, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that burst from the glass in this extroverted wine. The Poggiale is a bit juicier and richer than the straight Riserva, but the two wines are as differentiated as they often are. Still, it is impossible not to admire the sheer balance and harmony of what is in the glass. The Poggiale is 90% Sangioveto, 5% Caniaolo and 5% Ciliegiolo, aged in French oak barrels, 10% new. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. "
The Wine Advocate
Earthy & Spicy
wow. The nose on the wine draws you in, where you could swirl and sniff for hours - complex layers of fruit, spice, earth, mineral and a touch of leather. Excellent balance, lively acidity, firm tannins and all around great flavors going on - all that red fruit, sweet spice, earth/herb/mineral next to great structure. Wanted to keep sipping and sipping... Drinks well now but I bet it will age beautifully for another few years or more!
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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...
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