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Wine Details
Vintage 2007
Wine Red
Status DOCG, inc VAT
Case £364.80
Bottle £30.40

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Castellare di Castellina, Tuscany

A notch up from the Riserva, this single vineyard Chianti has similar clean, refined aromas but shows greater intensity and complexity on both nose and palate. The more acidic Ciliegiolo grape replaces the Malvasia but 50% new oak is used to soften the wine and achieve a more contemporary style, albeit one that can age effortlessly. There is plenty of the blackcherry and violet bouquet that embodies good Sangiovese as well as tobacco and damp soil, with blueberry, spicy plum and ripe raspberry flavours, and nuances of licorice, vanilla and menthol.
90 points, Robert Parker

The Castellare di Castellina estate

Minerally, austere, Patrician and precise, the style of the wines from this venerable estate reflect the hard, rocky "i sodi" soils of the Chianti Classico hills. In an area and time where international varieties (Merlot and Cabernet specifically) have threatened to all but replace indigenous grapes, Castellare has led the resistance, complementing Sangioveto (the local clone of Sangiovese) with Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo for its Chianti and top Super Tuscan. The various birds repesented on the wine labels symbolise Castellare's commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. In the vineyards, no chemical treatments, pesticides or herbicides are used and hunting is not allowed, thus the Estate has become a haven for endagered birdlife and local flora and fauna.
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