Assessed By: Adrian Bryksa
From Castellare Di Castellina, I review their 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva. This expression is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo whose vintage follows the pattern of excellence shown in the blockbuster 2006 and 2007 years in Tuscany. It saw vinification in stainless steel and 15 months aging in used oak barriques. While most winemakers are moving towards the use of international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in their Chianti Classico blends, Castellina winemaker Alessandro Cellai stayed true to the traditions of Chianti and use traditional varietals. The Riserva, according to Castellina is only made during the best vintages.
Eyes: Light to medium bodied with a ruby reddish core.
Nose: Signature Sangiovese leather, caramel, plums, cherry, flowers.
Mouth: Soft mouthfeel while retaining its acidity. For fruit, earthy plum and dusty cherry. Lithe with more layered delicacy than typical rustic Chianti Classico presentations. Overall this is a clean expression with dry, powdery tannin. One to savour with or without food.
Conclusion: The 2010 Castellare Di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva is a lighter more elegant expression of traditional Chianti varietals that can be approached now or cellared for 5 + years. Highly recommend as a splurge for fans of old world style Chianti Classico, Rosso Di Montalcino.
If you liked this review, check out our coverage of the 2007 Fattoria Rodano Chianti Classico here.