Poderi Castellare di Castellina was born in 1968 with the consolidation of five farms in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. Consisting of almost 33 hecatares of hillside vineyards with vines up to 30 years in age, the estate favors low yields and local grapes such as Sangioveto, the noble native version of the Sangiovese, and Malvasia Nera. The soils are a mix of calcareous marls, galestro and clay. All of this produces classic, traditional, structured wines of Chianti Classico. The 'Il Poggiale' is a single vineyard, or cru with vines ranging from 25-30 years, made of 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Ciliegiolo. 'Il Poggiale' is aged for 12 to 18 months in French barrique, 50% new, and aged another year in bottle before release.
Offers pure cherry notes, with hints of black currant, cinnamon and cardamom, highlighted by a tangy element. Beefy and solid, balanced on the tannic side. Decant now or cellar for a few years. Best from 2015 through 2025. 750 cases made. Score: 91. —Bruce Sanderson, October 15, 2013.
The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale shows great energy and momentum. It opens with masculine tones of leather and fire-cured tobacco that are absolutely stunning next to the black currant and jellied blackberry. The flavor intensity is of special note. The finish is elegant, silky and long. This is a terrific effort. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. Score: 94. —Monica Larner, August 2013.
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