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    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale 2009
    Sangiovese - Tuscany, Italy


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    Professional Ratings: 95 International Wine Cellar, 94 The Wine Advocate, 91 James Suckling

    Region: Tuscany, Italy

    Varietal: Sangiovese

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 121244

    Winemaker's Notes:

    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.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Good bright red. Complex, knockout nose offers red cherry, redcurrant, licorice, cinnamon and camphor. An essence of sangiovese in the mouth, with suave, penetratingly pure red cherry, red berry and mineral flavors conveying an impression of energy and precision. Very intensely flavored and seamless wine with sneaky concentration and wonderful balance. I suspect this will develop more density and flesh with another year of bottle age. Finishes with firm, high-quality tannins, harmionious acidity, piercing minerality, and lovely lingering perfume. This may well be the best young Il Poggiale ever. It's a wine of mindblowing purity and precision, magically combining perfume, refinement and purity of flavor.

    95 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    The single-vineyard 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is huge. Black fruit, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that burst from the glass in this extroverted wine. The Poggiale is a bit juicier and richer than the straight Riserva, but the two wines are as differentiated as they often are. Still, it is impossible not to admire the sheer balance and harmony of what is in the glass. The Poggiale is 90% Sangioveto, 5% Caniaolo and 5% Ciliegiolo, aged in French oak barrels, 10% new. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

    94 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    A wine with lots of new wood giving vanilla and milk chocolate character with jammy fruit undertones. Full and soft. Drink now.

    91 Points
    James Suckling
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    User Reviews:

    KGM (1/30/2013)
    A very high quality Chianti. Great balance of fruit and tannins. Long smooth finish.

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