Located in the Chianti Classico commune of Castellina, Castellare is known for using primarily the local Sangiovese clone, Sangioveto. In the late 1970’s, Castellare was able to isolate Sangioveto, and this enabled the winery to produce a unique style Chianti Classico. The 2015 Castellare Chianti Classico is perfect with braised veal shank as it is filled with red cherry and damson plum fruit flavors. Made from 90% Sangioveto, 5% Canaiolo, and 5% Ciliegiolo, the 2014 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva is grown in the ‘Il Poggiale Vineyard’ at an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level. It shows lots of violets and rose petals, and a note of leather, making it great with Bistecca alla Fiorentina. The 2013 Castellare Rosso ‘I Sodi di S. Niccolò shows more power, depth, and cedar notes. The name “I Sodi” refers to land that is difficult to till and ‘San Niccolò’ is an abandoned church on the Castellare property. Its texture has been amazing throughout the years since its first vintage in 1979. These are delicious Sangioveto wines, perfect for heartly meals of pasta, rabbit, and veal.

2015 Castellare Chianti Classico Castellina in Chianti 20.00 16.60VS

2014 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Il Poggiale’ 29.00 24.07VS

2013 Castellare I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana (Limited) 54.95 net