2010 Castellare ‘Coniale’ (Cabernet Sauvignon)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $47.94)
"Castellare isn’t as well known as the trendiest estates in Tuscany, but the wines rarely fail to impress." - Antonio Galloni
One of the “great estates of Tuscany” (Wine Advocate), Castellare has flown under the radar for decades despite their reputation as a “benchmark producer” (Galloni). Their standard setting Sodi San Niccola and Il Poggiale Chianti Classico are annual standouts. One of their most exciting wines however, is the ‘Coniale,’ Castellare’s terrific 100% Cabernet from their namesake town of Castellina in Chianti. In a post Super-Tuscan world, it is possible to find terrific Tuscan Cabernet at a great price and the 'Coniale' is a 94-point gem with “true pedigree” (Galloni) at an unbeatable price.
2010 was hailed as a classic vintage across Europe, and according to Vinous, was “one of the great all-time vintages in Tuscany.” Definitely a year to go long in. Wines from Chianti, Bolgheri, and Maremma showed extraordinary depth, fruit, and structure across the board. Fortunately quality wasn’t reserved for the top end estates like Sassicaia. Castellare had been producing world-class Tuscan wine for decades and was well positioned to take advantage of the perfect season. Castellare’s ‘Coniale’ is exactly the kind of reasonably priced Cabernet that we love to find in Italy as it has no shortage of Tuscan character, and exudes “saddle leather, smoke, sage, rosemary and tobacco...loaded with class and personality” (AG).
The high altitude of the vineyard, plus intentionally low yields means we don’t get to see as much of the 'Coniale' as we like to every year. For 2010, patience is key and this will drink beautifully for many, many years. Cheers!