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Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews




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2020 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.


93 Pointz Vinous

“The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is another potent wine from Castellare, but as opposed to the Riserva, it appears to have the fruit intensity to handle the oak. Dark red cherry, lavender, rose petal mint, licorice, and earthy notes abound. This is a very complete and satisfying wine from Castellare.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Rich and evoking cherry, raspberry, iron, and spice flavors, this red is backed by vibrant acidity and dense tannins. Balanced and brimming with energy on the long finish. Should hit its stride in two to three more years.”



92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This release of 15,000 bottles is among the most pleasantly accessible wines in this portfolio from Castellare di Castellina. The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale shows soft fruit, cherry, blue flower, and sweet potting soil. The wine is texturally rich but not heavy, and these native Italian grapes always have a lot of fresh acidity on offer, even in a vintage like 2020 that was characterized by hot summer weather.”



91 Wine Enthusiast


“Fresh and cooked cherries soaked in vibrant aromas of blood orange on the nose recall a cherry tart that is fully realized on the palate, with notes of vanilla and chocolate and a velvety texture that lingers on the palate.”



2019 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.


This wine is a blend of 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.



93 Pointz James Suckling


“Strawberries, pomegranates, lemons, acacia flowers, cinnamon, and sweet spices on the nose. Medium-bodied with crunchy acidity and lightly chewy tannins. Zesty and fresh with excellent drinkability.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (a blend of 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo) reveals darkly saturated fruit and medium aromatic intensity. Indeed, the wine takes a few moments to open, offering dried fruit, grilled herb, spice, and white chocolate.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is a deep, potent wine endowed with quite a bit of depth. Wild cherry, tobacco, incense, leather, and dried herbs lend notable complexity to this virile, deceptively mid-weight Riserva. A few years of cellaring should work wonders here. Stylistically, the Poggiale has a bit more textural weight and new oak sweetness than the straight Riserva.”



92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Sleek and savory, this lovely red made with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino offers scents of wild berries, crushed mint, fragrant blue flowers, and baking spice. The lithe, elegant palate features juicy Marasca cherry, star anise, and spearmint framed in polished tannins. It closes on a dollop of vanilla.”



91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This red exudes cherry and strawberry fruit, along with hints of Mediterranean herbs, tobacco, and tar flavors. Fluid and balanced, with a lingering, vibrant finish. Sangioveto and Canaiolo.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“Castellare make two Riserva: ‘Il Poggiale’ is a single-parcel bottling while 'Castellare di Castellina' is selected from multiple plots between 350 to 400 metres. Produced since 1979, this has discreet floral scents, fused with vanilla, tobacco, and leather. There's plenty of substance to the palate, but it remains buoyant: dark forest berries are hemmed in by supple layered tannins. Satisfying right to the end, with a persistent finish of fennel and spice. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032”



2018 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggioale is a brooding, savory wine that is going to need a number of years to come together. Sweet tobacco, herbs, licorice, menthol, and spice give the Poggiale its distinctive personality. It’s the sort of Riserva that needs bottle age to soften and show the full breadth of its personality.”



93 Pointz James Suckling


“A perfumed nose of cherries, wild strawberries, dried flowers, and spice box. Medium-to full-bodied with grainy tannins. Juicy character with crisp acidity on the palate. Fresh and flavorful. Drink or hold.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Cherry, raspberry, tar, tobacco, and wild herbs are interwoven throughout this intense red. Stiff tannins line the finish now, yet this is long and finds its equilibrium in the end. Sangioveto, Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. Best from 2023 through 2030. 1,100 cases made, 800 cases imported.”




2017 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



93 Pointz James Suckling


“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 Pointz Vinous


“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.”



92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This wine offers dark but streamlined intensity with a big punch of Tuscan authenticity, thanks to this traditional blend of Sangioveto (Sangiovese) with tiny parts of Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. This threesome combination of indigenous grapes shows bright acidity and a mid-weight style that is enhanced in good measure by the heat and dryness of this vintage. There are aromas of Morello cherry, dried rose or lavender flower, and potting soil with hints of iron ore or crushed granite. The mouthfeel in the Castellare di Castellina 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale shows balanced freshness with hints of the tannic astringency that comes with this vintage.”




90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Forest berries, blue flowers, and crushed mint are behind the pretty nose. Bright and savory, the linear palate offers crushed cherry, orange peel, and star anise alongside taut, fine-grained tannins.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A smoky note shades the cherry, plum, earth, and leafy flavors in this supple red, which has plenty of structure in the form of dense tannins, with a dry, dusty finish. This offers fine length and shows better balance than many peers.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


92 Pointz Decanter


“Classic and expressive Sangiovese characters of black cherry and redcurrant are carried by an assertive structure and fresh acidity. Lively, engaging aromas of violet, leather, and spice continue on the long, medium-bodied palate which is full of pep.”




2016 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


No Wine Produced This Year




2015 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



93 Pointz James Suckling


“This red shows aromas of crushed blueberries, dark chocolate, and hints of black cherries. Medium to full body, soft tannins, and fresh acidity in the finish. Needs time to soften.”



93 Pointz Robert Parjer’s Wine Advocate


“The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale represents a special selection of fruit from Castellina in Chianti (95% Sangioveto is blended with 5% Canaiolo). Within the quality ladder of the estate, this wine exhibits a big style departure from the other wines placed below it. The bouquet here is much fuller and richer with a greater composition of fruit, spice, leather, and tobacco characteristics. There is a very specific note of cinnamon or crushed clove that seems linked to this wine only. This wine ages in barrique for 18 months.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Dark and inky, this is holding back for now, with blackberry, plum, rosemary, leather, and tar flavors. A beam of juicy fruit is buoyed by the vivid acidity, while the tannins emerge on the long aftertaste.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is dark, pliant, and inviting. Black cherry, plum, lavender, mint, and spice notes bring out a darker side of Sangiovese than that seen in the straight Riserva. There is lovely depth in the glass, along with plenty of sheer appeal. I would prefer to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years, as the tannins are a bit tough today.”



2014 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale gives us a glimpse of a more streamlined and perhaps more elegant interpretation of this historic wine. This vintage is leaner and lighter in presentation, but it paints a pretty portrait of Sangiovese nonetheless. Sour cherry, cassis, and mild spice converge on the bouquet. That characteristic acidity you get with this mighty Tuscan grape appears on the fresh close.”



90 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Aromas of violet, mint, and a whiff of French oak lead the nose on this blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo. The lively elegant palate offers raspberry preserve, star anise, and cinnamon alongside fine-grained tannins.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Starts out with cherry, leather, thyme, tobacco, and earth notes. The firm, dusty tannins take over and line the finish. In the traditional style.”



89 Pointz Vinous


“The 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is deep, powerful, and also a bit rough around the edges. Smoke, leather, orange peel, tobacco, and game give it a rustic feel that is further reinforced by burly tannins.”



2013 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


"Elegant, subdued, and streamlined, the 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale offers those three cornerstone qualities of excellent Sangiovese. The wine also shows excellent value. This Chianti Classico Riserva pleases all the senses thanks to bright berry flavors and fresh acidity. Spice, leather, and crushed stone appear as background tones."



91 Pointz James Suckling


“A bright and fruity red with lemon, dried fruit, and cedar. Medium body, firm yet delicate tannins, and a fresh finish. Finishes a little hard but I like it. Drink now.”



91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“This single-vineyard Riserva saturates the palate with flavors of red cherry edged in vibrant spice and a spray of orange zest. It feels dense yet lifted, with juicy acidity and hints of savory herbs. The wine rested in barriques (50 percent new) for about 18 months, intensifying the sweet spice notes and polishing the tannins.”



91 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This vibrant, polished red opens with a potpourri of red berry, floral and spice aromas. The bright, juicy palate doles out succulent red cherry, raspberry, anise, and cinnamon while lithe tannins and lively acidity provide balance and a smooth, easy-drinking texture.”



90 Pointz Vinous


“The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale has quite a bit more depth and overall volume than the straight Riserva, with slightly darker fruit, but otherwise, the general feel is actually pretty similar. Overall, this is a relatively slender version of the Riserva.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Elegant, with a dense matrix providing support for the bright cherry, currant, tar, and earth flavors. Fluid in profile, if a bit burly on the finish, but food will balance that.”



2012 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



93 Pointz James Suckling


“A very attractive Chianti Classico with dried mushroom, berry, and herb aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins, and a clean finish. Shows depth and structure.”



93 Pointz Vinous


“The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale shows the darker, richer, ripe side of the year in its ample frame and deep, voluptuous fruit. Smoke, game, leather, and tobacco are some of the notes that wrap around the intense, pliant fruit. Unapologetically ripe and flashy by the house's standards, the Poggiale will appeal most to readers who like full-throttle Chiantis. Most classically leaning palates are likely to prefer the straight Riserva.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is an amazingly full and generous Sangiovese with a vibrant level of aromatic intensity. If Castellare di Castellina were to make a Gran Selezione wine, Il Poggiale would be the obvious candidate. But both owner Paolo Panerai and winemaker Alessandro Cellai remain opposed to the idea. Fruit is sourced from a 45-year-old vineyard. It offers rich layers of plump cherry fruit, chocolate, spicy oak, and grilled herb. These elements come together in seamless fashion.”



92 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Aromas of violet, plum, mint, and sun-baked earth lead the nose of this blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Ciliegiolo. The lively, elegant palate delivers juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, and white pepper alongside firm, fine-grained tannins.”


91 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Tangy red cherry flavors feel fresh and vibrant for the vintage, accented by sweet spice from the half that aged in new barriques. Elegant and poised, it’s a modern interpretation of Chianti Classico for balsamic-cherry-glazed pork tenderloin.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Aromas of burning vine cuttings and autumn leaves grace the black cherry and plum fruit in this powerful Chinati Classico. Nervous tannins and a chalky feel on the finish complement the overall impression.”




2011 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



94 Pointz James Suckling


“Another gorgeous Chianti Classico with dried strawberry, cherry, and orange peel. Full body with fine tannins and a fresh, lively finish. The bright acidity makes this energetic.”



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Rich, deep, and powerful, the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale possesses superb depth and resonance. Lavender, smoke, plums, and spices are all laced together in a Chianti Classico built on an absolutely alluring combination of fruit and structure. This is a great showing from Castellare - but I must warn readers the 2011 Poggiale needs time in the cellar, so patience is critical.”



90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This shows good balance between the sweet berry fruit and spice notes, vivid acidity, and dusty grip. A tobacco element emerges on the long, harmonious finish.”



86 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is a little awkward with heavier aromas of black olive and dried dill notes within dark fruit and spice. The harmony is not all there and varietal character is reduced. The blend is 90% Sangioveto with 5% parts each of Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. By the way, I loved the 2010 vintage of this wine, so if given a choice buy that.”




2010 Castellare Il Poggiale Riserva Chianti Classico Reviews


This wine is a blend of 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.



94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”



91 Pointz Vinous


“Firm tannins support expressive dark red/black fruits in the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale. Pine, menthol, licorice, smoke, and incense all wrap around a plush core in this deeply expressive Riserva. Today, the French oak is just a bit noticeable, but I imagine that won't be too much of an issue in a few years.”



91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“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.”



90 Pointz James Suckling


“A fresh and fruity red with strawberry and light vanilla character. Full to medium body, crisp acidity, and a clean finish. Bright and fruity.”



89 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Aromas of sawdust, toasted oak, espresso, and spice lead the nose on this blend of 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, and Colorino. The palate offers black cherry, mint, and eucalyptus notes alongside bracing tannins. Evident oak muffles the juicy, ripe-fruit notes.”


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