SRP of $35 and available for around $30 (Saturday Splurge). 750 cases produced.
From the winery:
“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.
This wine goes well with rich fare such as osso bucco, beef stew, casseroles, roast beef, or even Hollandaise sauces.
The 2009 Castellare di Castellina Il Poggiale Chianti Classico Riserva begins with a really lovely aroma featuring loads of red and black cherry along with some nice floral notes. You’ll find secondary notes of licorice, earth, baking spice and more. The wine tastes wonderfully smooth and delicious with rich sour cherry fruit, more perfectly integrated baking spice and some nice olive notes. There’s even a little smoke and some mineral notes on the long finish. This one is just as fabulous on day 2.
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