Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2014 / 750 ml.

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SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2016
This sleek red displays cherry, raspberry and spice flavors, with vibrant acidity and light tannins for support. Fine length. Drink now. 9,000 cases made.
RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2015
The 2014 Chianti Classico is being released now. Grapes are fermented with ambient yeasts partially in stainless steel and in barrel. The wine is then put in cement for up to eight months to rest and lock in its fruity freshness. This is a successful expression with an easy but very clean and lean approach. Fruit is sourced from various sites on the property. The bouquet shows bright berry tones and the mouthfeel is silky and supple.
WE8787 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 6/1/2016
This sleek, easy-drinking red offers aromas of red berry, violet and moist soil. The straightforward palate doles out juicy black cherry and a hint of baking spice alongside limber tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2016.

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 95% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo

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Castellare di Castellina

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SP89 89 pts. / Wine Spectator (Jul 31, 2016)

This sleek red displays cherry, raspberry and spice flavors, with vibrant acidity and light tannins for support. Fine length. Drink now. 9,000 cases made.

RP88 88 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Oct 2015)

The 2014 Chianti Classico is being released now. Grapes are fermented with ambient yeasts partially in stainless steel and in barrel. The wine is then put in cement for up to eight months to rest and lock in its fruity freshness. This is a successful expression with an easy but very clean and lean approach. Fruit is sourced from various sites on the property. The bouquet shows bright berry tones and the mouthfeel is silky and supple.

WE87 87 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (6/1/2016)

This sleek, easy-drinking red offers aromas of red berry, violet and moist soil. The straightforward palate doles out juicy black cherry and a hint of baking spice alongside limber tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2016.

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Region / Tuscany

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There are few regions as picturesque as Italy's Tuscany. And there are few regions that produce finer wines, either. Tuscany is home to legendary wine regions Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, among others, where the red wine grape Sangiovese is king. It's also home to "Super Tuscans," a category of Tuscan wines that don't officially fall within the Italian wine classification system.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 68549
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Chianti Classico
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 13.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Castellare di Castellina
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2014
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 95% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
The 2014 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Like all of the wines here, the 2014 San Marcellino needs at least a few years in bottle to truly show everything it has, but there is more than enough here to provide for engaging drinking for many years to come. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous scents of black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and smoke. The 2014 is a striking, complete wine.
JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
Blackberries, black cherries and a hint of earth on the nose. Full body. Chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Tangy acidity at the end. Needs time to soften, but I like the brightness from the acidity. Nicely done for the vintage. Drink or hold.
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Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico

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RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jul 2019
I’ve always said that Jan Hendrik Erbach is a maniac when it comes to the details. This wine is normally called “Vigneti del Versante,” with the Italian word for vineyards (“vigneti”) in plural because fruit comes from more than one site, but just this one time, the wine is called “Vigneto” (in the singular tense) because fruit was sourced from a single vineyard instead. The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto del Versante sees fruit sourced from the Scopeta vineyard (planted in 2003), and this single-vineyard expression offers spicy fruit with dark berries and plum. The wine shows great fiber and density, with much of that power coming from the heavier soils of the vineyard site. This is a beautiful expression from a difficult vintage. The wine will be released this autumn.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2019
Bright red. Flint and rosemary nuances complement the red cherry and mineral aromas and flavors. Juicy and fresh, this medium-bodied Brunello showcases a refined mouthfeel and a typical cool-climate personality. A hint of sweet spices on the long finish is very typical of Sesta, where Pian dell’Orino’s Scopeta vineyard is located (in 2014, the Brunello Vigneti del Versante is a blend of grapes from the Scopeta and Bassolino di Sopra vineyards). Only 1,700 bottles made compared to 9,000 in very good vintages.
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Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2011
The Poggio Ai Merli is Castellare’s single-vineyard Merlot. For whatever reason, it is not a wine I taste all that often, but I should, as the 2007 is a stunner. Dark cherries, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and leather are some of the aromas and flavors that burst from the glass in this huge, explosive wine. This is far from an easygoing, open 2007. Rather it is a wine that reconciles the opulence of the year with tons of underlying structure to the extent rarely seen in this vintage. The French oak (33% new) adds volume and depth, but without marking the wine at all. The 2007 Poggio ai Merli will be a jewel of a wine once the tannins start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2017–2027.
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2011
The Poggio Ai Merli is Castellare’s single-vineyard Merlot. For whatever reason, it is not a wine I taste all that often, but I should, as the 2007 is a stunner. Dark cherries, scorched earth, smoke, licorice and leather are some of the aromas and flavors that burst from the glass in this huge, explosive wine. This is far from an easygoing, open 2007. Rather it is a wine that reconciles the opulence of the year with tons of underlying structure to the extent rarely seen in this vintage. The French oak (33% new) adds volume and depth, but without marking the wine at all. The 2007 Poggio ai Merli will be a jewel of a wine once the tannins start melting away.
ST9292 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2012
Saturated ruby. Wild aromas of blackberry, black cherry, pepper, truffle and minerals. Wonderfully dense and concentrated, with compelling black fruit and spice flavors that show a refined quality at the back. Finishes supple, with outstanding length and brightness. A very strong vintage for this merlot, from a hot year that might have led one to expect grittier tannins. Very well done.
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 3/1/2010
Here’s a lively Tuscan Merlot with soft layers of spice and cola lavished over a solid core of black fruit. The aromas are pristine and focused and the wine makes an equally excellent impression in the mouth thanks to its soft, yielding tannins and sweet cherry flavors.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2009
Violets and berries, with hints of green leaves and blackberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Not giving much right now. Needs time to open. Best after 2011. 450 cases made.
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Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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