2013 Castellare 'Poggio Ai Merli'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $54.94 (reg. $79.94)
We've been fans of Castellare for a while and have always impressed with their superb wines, whether it's their I Sodi San Niccola, Riserva Il Poggiale, or their entry level Chianti Classico. And it seems we're not the only ones, as Galloni says that he too has "long been a fan...the quality level here is high. Very high," while the Wine Advocate praises them as "one of the great estates of Tuscany."
Yet, despite the love and the "extraordinary track record of successes", "Castellare is one of those properties that never seems to get the attention it deserves" (AG). However, as Galloni goes on to note, "that works to the consumer’s advantage, as prices have remained quite reasonable." And the advantage today is a price on their 2013 Poggio Ai Merli that's nearly $20 less than anywhere else and 30% off!
When we tasted the '13 Poggio Ai Merli we were blown away, totally in agreement with the Wine Advocate's assessment that this "is a beautiful wine from all sides." A gorgeous rendition of Merlot that can easily hold its own against top competition from Bordeaux's Right Bank or Napa, it's easy to see how "a pedigree of terroirs that have proven over time to be among the most exceptional in Tuscany" (AG) could turn out such a sensational effort.
This isn't an easy wine to find and it's going to run considerably more anywhere else, so if you're into high-quality Super Tuscans for an unbeatable price, you won't want to miss out on this one. Cheers!