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Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2010

Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
  • WS90
  • WE90
13.5% ABV
  • WS92
  • JS92
  • JS91
  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

The Chianti Classico has a vivid ruby color and robust aromas of fresh red fruit with hints of cherry. This is a well-structured wine with a fruity finish.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 90
Wine Spectator
A fresh, crisp red, lending a tightness to the feel and linear profile. With air, this turns richer, offering plum, coffee and leather notes. Assertive tannins mark the long finish. Decant now, or cellar.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
This distinctive Chianti Classico has a multifaceted bouquet of iris, crushed cherry and truffle along with accents of meat and balsamic herbs. It has a delicious wild cherry flavor, with a hint of orange zest. It’s already enjoyable thanks to its forward personality.
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Castello di Volpaia

Castello di Volpaia

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Castello di Volpaia, , Italy
Castello di Volpaia
Castello di Volpaia overlooks the village of Radda in Chianti. The town was built in the 11th century as a fortified village on the Florence/Siena border. Although only part of the original protective walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia one of the best preserved villages of its period. Just as it has been for the last 900 years, the entire village is intimately involved in the production of wine and olive oil. The cellars, bottling plant, barrels and olive press are nestled within the original stone walls that have been carefully restored by owners Carlo Mascheroni and Giovannella Stianti Mascheroni and their children, Nicoló and Federica.

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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

MSW92801101_2010 Item# 124409

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