2016 Castellare di Castellina S. Niccolo Vin Santo del Chianti Classico Tuscany

  • Decadent Italian Dessert Wine
  • From Top Producer in the Region
  • 98 Point Vintage, Vinous Media
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About the Wine

The Castellare estate is one of the best examples of tradition in the area. The winery’s owner, Paolo Panerai, has closely studied the world’s best wineries and applied this understanding and experience to viticulture in Italy.

The Castellare property, located in Tuscany’s Castellina in Chianti, 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.

In the town of Castellina, one of Chianti’s best locales, 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.

Tasting Notes: 60% Malvasia and 40% Trebbiano. Brilliant amber in color, this wine offers seductive, layered aromas of roasted nuts, dried apricots, dates, toffee, and spice cake. On the palate, it shows incredible balance with flavors of Macadamia nuts, golden raisins, dried figs, and caramel with a lingering, honeyed finish.



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