2017 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (750ml)15 3 0 0
"One of the first vertical tastings I did in Chianti Classico was a complete vertical of I Sodi di San Niccolò about fifteen years ago with proprietor Paolo Panerai and winemaker Alessandro Cellai. It was a key moment in my understanding of the region and the potential of its wines. Since then, Panerai and Cellai have scaled even greater heights. This year’s wines are tremendous." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
In the town of Castellina, Castellare’s vineyards are at 1200 feet elevation – only a few Chianti Classico vineyards are higher. The vineyards of this 46-acre property are found in a natural amphitheater in the heart of the Classico region. At Castellare the yield-per-acre is very low, far lower than the maximum level allowed by Chianti Classico DOCG rules, which enhances the concentration of aromas and flavors.
Their property has become a virtual refuge for wildlife including many of the birds pictured on their labels. With each vintage, the Castellare label shows a different bird, symbolizing the estate’s commitment to environmentally sound cultivation. The birds selected for the labels are among the rarest creatures in Chianti, and represent birds threatened by extinction, mostly due to synthetic chemical products and hunting, both of which are forbidden on this property.
"The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is engaging from start to finish. Dark cherry, plum, spice, cedar, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that flesh out as the 2017 sits in the glass. Here, too, winemaker Alessandro Cellai captures a striking interplay between the overtness of the year and the classicism of Sangiovese and Chianti Classico." 93 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, September 2020)
“Solid and beautiful with sliced strawberries and cherries, as well as floral and citrus character and hibiscus-tea undertones. Medium to full body and round, creamy tannins. So delicious.” 93 points - James Suckling (July 2020)