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Castellare di Castellina

Castellare somehow continues to fly a bit under the radar of most wine lovers. I think it’s because this is a house where the austerity of Sangiovese is celebrated. The wines can be a bit tough for some palates, but pair these with the right food and they can be magical. Their line-up includes:

Chianti Classico - This sees more wood ageing than many Chianti Classicos and as a result it has a softness and roundness that sets it apart.

Chianti Classico Riserva – Just as the CC is a step up from the ordinary, this Riserva tends to be one of the top picks from great vintages. Clear and transparent, yet with a suppleness of texture that eludes many producers.

Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale – Here we find a more powerful CCR that sees more time in oak, and more new oak at that. I’m not sure that it is a better wine than the classic CCR, but it is impressive.

I Sodi di San Niccolo – Another brilliant wine, one of the best Super Tuscans. Typically 85% Sangiovese and 15% Malvasia Nera, this is rich and powerful yet sinewy and gorgeously aromatic. A really distinctive and delectable Sangiovese!

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  • I honestly was ready to lambaste your article before I even read it. What a premeditated error that would have been. I of course would not have put the Seghesio (even though I have always been a bit fond of the wine) since we are talking top 10, which I assume means top 10 in overall quality I don't think anything from Cali qualifies.
    However, that is my only complaint as you really hit some of my all-time favorite wines from a 17 year love affair with the grape. Very nice work!

    Mar 08, 2012 at 2:28 PM

  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    Great stuff, love that Felsina is mentioned prominently!

    Just picked up a mag of their 06' Rancia Riserva yesterday, and already have the 07' Fontalloro, will make for a great day when those two are opened side by side...

    Also, glad you mentioned Seghesio, that venom sounds pretty interesting.

    Mar 08, 2012 at 5:02 PM

  • Snooth User: yankee5
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    Always enjoy your perspective. Any way you could make your recommendations easy to download into a spreadsheet or document to help my shopping list? I have created my own but anything you can do to help would be great!


    Mar 08, 2012 at 9:26 PM

  • Snooth User: enoica
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    Not only Tuscany to talk about Italian Sangiovese, let's try Sangiovese di Romagna doc superiore riserva Pietramora, Fattoria Zerbina, same emotion, half cost.

    Mar 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM

  • Fontalloro is such a nice word to hear mentioned again. I only had it once, in a double sized bottle with three good friends, what a wine that was. The Felsina Berardenga "ordinary" was served by the glass at Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, and while nowhere near as good as 1.5 l of Fontalloro, it had a lovely cherry bitter twist and matched red legged partridge very well.
    There is much to recommend about enoicas tactic of looking outside Tuscany in view of the quite steep pricing.

    Mar 09, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Snooth User: Giacomo Pevere
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    I particulary love Montevertine and Felsina picks, Montevertine Pergole Torte is one of the best all time 100% sangiovese (Giulio Giambelli the greatest interpreter of that grape is sadly dead just few months ago). As Enoica said Sangiovese di Romagna need special mention, a really grow up Doc.

    Mar 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

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