Cellar Favorite: 1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

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The Castellare Tasting Room

Last year on a trip through Tuscany, I was able to walk-in for a tasting at Castellare di Castellina. I had done some research in advance and knew that they offered walk-in tastings (during their business hours) of their current line-up, no appointment needed. I was sure to leave time to visit Castellare because I am a fan of these wines; they are always extremely well structured for me.

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The Castellare Tasting Lineup

The winery was born out of a consolidation of four different estates in the 1960s and has around 33 hectare of vines of 7 to 45 years old, and are located in a south-east facing amphitheater that is made up of limestone marls, galestro and some clay. One of the notable characteristics about Castellare are the birds on each label, a different bird from the property is selected every year for the wines. The preservation of wildlife is important to this winery and they are focused on producing organic wines with no use of synthetic chemicals.

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The Beautiful Vines and Landscape

Thanks to the structure of the wines, they are also easily ageable.

1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico This was decanted to remove as much sediment as possible. The color was pale red brick that faded to orange at the bowl. Dried cherry and gravel were evident on the nose, with dried herbs and baking spices that were also present. This had pleasant acidity, with tannins that were fully integrated and had started to melt away. It was extremely fun to drink, but not much more life was left to this. Highly Recommend because it is a special experience to taste a wine that is still alive after over 30 years.

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