2016 Castellare di Castellina Poggio ai Merli
Merlot - 750ML
  • WA 97
  • JS 95
  • WS 94
  • VN 93

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Reg: $92.94

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This product is
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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018
The 2016 Poggio ai Merli is gorgeous. That's the short and the long of it. Merlot shows some of its best performances ever in Tuscany in the 2016 vintage. This wine is exceedingly smooth and silky, yet its tightly knit... The 2016 Poggio ai Merli is gorgeous. That's the short and the long of it. Merlot shows some of its best performances ever in Tuscany in the 2016 vintage. This wine is exceedingly smooth and silky, yet its tightly knit fiber supports a generous profile that ranges from dark cherry to spice, to tobacco and fresh potting soil. On the palate, the wine is rich and large in scope, yet it never leaves behind any residual heaviness. Castellare di Castellina has created a true beauty (with only 4,000 precious bottles made).- ML
JS 95
jamessuckling.com, September 2018
This shows really pure aromas in the essence-like zone such as soaked blueberries and blackberry crumble. More floral elements of pressed violets and lavender follow. Hints of vanilla, too. Full body, very polished... This shows really pure aromas in the essence-like zone such as soaked blueberries and blackberry crumble. More floral elements of pressed violets and lavender follow. Hints of vanilla, too. Full body, very polished tannins, loads of blue fruit and a long, intense finish. Very well done indeed. Pure merlot. Drink in 2022.
WS 94
Wine Spectator, September 2018
Sweet vanilla and oak notes mingle with pretty black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in this racy red. Deep and complex, picking up mineral and spice accents on the lingering finish. Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2028... Sweet vanilla and oak notes mingle with pretty black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in this racy red. Deep and complex, picking up mineral and spice accents on the lingering finish. Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2028. 400 cases made.–BS
VN 93
Vinous, February 2019
The 2016 Poggio ai Merli, the estate's pure Merlot, is a bold, delicious wine. There is plenty of varietal character in the glass, but with a good kick of freshness from the moderate growing season and the Tuscan accents... The 2016 Poggio ai Merli, the estate's pure Merlot, is a bold, delicious wine. There is plenty of varietal character in the glass, but with a good kick of freshness from the moderate growing season and the Tuscan accents that are such signatures of this wine. Menthol, lavender, sage and pine add layers of nuance to a core of dark fruit in this very pretty and expressive wine from Castellare. -- Antonio Galloni
JJB 94
JJ Buckley, August 2019
Deep ruby in color. Gorgeous and fresh black cherry, plum and raspberry on the nose with an enticing but subtle note of flowers and spice make for a startling first impression. On the palette this Merlot is smooth as silk... Deep ruby in color. Gorgeous and fresh black cherry, plum and raspberry on the nose with an enticing but subtle note of flowers and spice make for a startling first impression. On the palette this Merlot is smooth as silk with plush dark fruit, lifting acidity and a long finish featuring just slightly tart black cherries. This full bodied, luscious wine is immediately enjoyable and will handsomely reward drinkers with 10+ years of pleasure. A triumph for Tuscan Merlot.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2016
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Winery

Castellare di Castellina

Poderi Castellare di Castellina is a Tuscan wine estate located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, close to the village of Castellina. It was formed in 1968 by the consolidation of five farms. Since the last 70’s, the estate has belonged to Paolo Panerai who also owns Feudi del Pisciotto, Gurra di Mare in Sicily, and a joint venture with Domaines Barons de Rothschild in Maremma called Rocca di Frassinello.

Castellare has roughly 33 hectares of vineyards, 12 hectares of olive-groves, 15 hectares of mixed cultivation, and also forest. Vine age is between 5 and 30 years. Ideal exposure to the sun, good drainage, a mixed ground of calcareous marls, galestro and little clay give both red and white wines structure and depth for a long aging in bottle.

In addition to the flagship wine, I Sodi di San Niccolo, the estate produces Chianti Classicos, Riservas, varietal and white wines.