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Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2011

Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

A bright ruby red in color, this Chianti Classico shows well-integrated aromas of tart red cherries, tobacco, sunbaked earth, and a hint of cedar spice. On the palate, firm structure and refreshing acidity make it a very versatile food wine.

Pair this wine with lasagna, ragù sauces, roasted rabbit, or braised veal shank.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator
A graphite aroma introduces a burst of fresh cherry flavor in this fluid, supple red, with ample tannins. The density carries the detailed fruit, spice and tobacco notes, with fine length. Drink now through 2022.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chianti Classico delivers a classic interpretation of Sangiovese – called "Sangioveto" on Paolo Panerai's insistence – with 5% Canaiolo. The wine shows enormous fruit purity and floral lift that brings the bouquet to life before your eyes and nose. You'll want to stock up on these bottles and keep them handy for informal nights when friends or family stop by for dinner. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
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Castellare

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Castellare, Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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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 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.

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Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright red fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the king of the best red wines in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it is also the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino

Elsewhere throughout Italy, Sangiovese plays an important role in many easy-drinking, value-driven red blends and on the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed success growing in California and Washington.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with qualities of tart cherry, plum, sun dried tomato, fresh tobacco and herbs. High-quality, well-aged examples can take on tertiary notes of smoke, leather, game, potpourri and dried fruit. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and fine-grained tannins create a perfect symbiosis with tomato-based dishes, braised vegetables, roasted and cured meat, hard cheese and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may actually contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines as a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

WBO30097916_2011 Item# 126283