Castellare di Castellina Poggio Ai Merli 2013
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Poggio Ai Merli is a beautiful wine from all sides. This pure expression of Merlot is generous and round with luscious layers that come forward one soft wave at a time. Perfectly ripened cherry, blackberry, spice, toasted almond and grilled Mediterranean herb form a seamless composition. This is one of the best editions of Poggio Ai Merli that I have tasted. The intensity is stunning and the velvety nature of the mouthfeel is impeccable. It is textured, structured and beautiful. This is a bottle for the cellar. Drink 2016-2028.
I was lucky to visit Castellare di Castellina on what may be the best day of the year to come to this estate at the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation. The afternoon I came, Trebbiano grapes had just been harvested to make Vin Santo del Chianti Classico. Each cluster was harvested with its wooden stem still intact. This way, the clusters are attached to metal hooks for the long drying process that will concentrate the sugars and aromatic intensity. A group of young workers labored furiously to hang all the grapes in what looked like massive curtains of grapes from wooden rafters. It was a beautiful site. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai presented his new vintages and added a few older wines to my flights. It is my pleasure to produce those notes here." Oct 2015
Winery: "Deep ruby red in color with purple reflections, this Merlot is loaded with enticing aromas of ripe blackberries, sweet cherry, plums, cassis, and vanilla. Equally flavorful on the palate, Poggio ai Merli is full-bodied with a persistent and complex finish.
Food Pairing: This seductive red would be the ideal partner for pan-seared venison loin with balsamic blueberry sauce."
|Aging||14 months in 100% new-one-year-old French oak barriques; 10 months further refining in bottle
|Region||Castellare in Chianti, Chianti, Tuscany