Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello della Paneretta
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Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello della Paneretta - 2019

Item # 23799 750mL

A Riserva that's well worth your time if you like a more full-bodied Chianti Classico. This boasts dark fruits, classic tannins and minerals that will keep for years to come. Enjoy today or in 5 years.

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Staff Pick Notes

I like to think of this particular Chianti as "tall, dark and handsome;" a classic Italian beauty with depth and flair. Full ripe black cherry, cassis and plum flavors intermixed with a savory earthiness gives this Chianti a depth that sometimes can be overlooked in Sangiovese wines. Neutral oak gives this a slight spiciness on the finish, but not in an obvious way. This unctuous full bodied Chianti can pair with any Italian fare, but also stands up beautifully on its own. I steal at this current price, and drinking wonderfully.

- CS

Glossary

Canaiolo

Also called Canaiolo Nero, this black grape is cultivated in Italy, but not as widely as in years past. After the 19th century's phylloxera epidemic, Canaiolo vines proved difficult to graft onto healthy rootstock, so it was grown much less. Today there are still pockets of Canaiolo vineyards throughout Tuscany, and it is an allowed ingredient in Chianti - in fact, in the 18th century it was even more crucial to the character of that beloved blend than Sangiovese.

Chianti

One of the famed wine-producing regions of Tuscany. Wines of Chianti can be made from any number of Sangiovese clones, and likewise the wines span a wide spectrum of flavor and aroma profiles. Young, fresh Chianti can offer notes of raspberries and sage on the nose and an almost ephemeral palate, supported by only slightly astringent acidity. Chianti Classico Riservas, at the other end of the spectrum, can be deep and brooding, with notes of underbrush and blackberries augmented by cocoa,...

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Sangiovese

Italy's most planted grape variety is at the heart of some of the most beloved wines in the country. Grown all over the region, but especially in Central Italy, Sangiovese is the only grape allowed in Brunello di Montalcino, and the main grape in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti, and countless other delicious Italian blends. Sangiovese has shown itself in recent years to be an excellent complement to Cabernet Sauvignon in red Italian blends; this grape duo forms the basis of many of the...

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Tuscany

When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh fruit and herbs, while Chianti Classico Riserva can be dark and brooding. The term “Super Tuscans”...

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