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2016 Pagliarese Chianti Classico

2016 Pagliarese Chianti Classico

92 Points John Caro
2016 Pagliarese Chianti Classico
92 Points John Caro

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A gorgeous new Chianti from an ancient estate. The Pagliarese family have almost a millenia of history after moving to the country in the 1200s, when the political winds in Siena turned against them. Modern winds of style ultimately turned against them too, when as leaders in the traditional Chianti style they lost their market appeal. Felsina took over the estate in the 1990s, and this re-release is this Felsina's tribute to Pagliarese's more classical style (meaning luscious Sangiovese dominates, but is blended with a couple of more rustic local grapes). A unique and charming offering, at this low price the Pagliarese is a must-try for Tuscany-lovers.

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$34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Mammolo.

Its Origins

Pagliarese is a historic Chianti Classico estate located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, nestled between Fèlsina and Castell’in Villa. In the 1960’s and 70’s, Pagliarese was, in fact, one of the most highly regarded estates in Chianti Classico. However, by the 1980’s, the property was in need of some investment, particularly in the vineyards. In 1995, the Poggiali family, owners of Fèlsina, bought the estate and set out to replant 28 of the 32 hectares using a massale selection from the oldest vines at the property. Starting with the 2015 vintage, the Poggialis decided to make their inaugural release from the estate. The range includes a Chianti Classico to be followed by a Riserva and a Vin Santo. Whereas Fèlsina is known for their 100% Sangiovese bottling, Giovanni Poggiali describes the hallmark at Pagliarese as being a “modernization of the old style.” While the wines at Paglierese are, of course, Sangiovese-based, they are also blended with small amounts of Canaiolo and Mammolo - two indigenous grapes to Tuscany that are perfect partners to blend with Sangiovese. Canaiolo can soften Sangiovese a bit and Mammolo adds floral and spicy notes when blended but neither dominates Sangiovese as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot often can.

What The Critics Say

Winemaker notes on current 2016 vintage

"Pagliarese Chianti Classico appears an intense ruby red, and is marked by delicate yet fragrant fruit, with impressions of spice and earthy mineral. It is warm and elegant on the palate, with fine-grained tannins, progressing into a finale that is well-balanced and lingering, infused with fruit—wild forest berry—and spice encountered on the nose."

92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Chianti Classico is a new wine from Fèlsina's Pagliarese property. For what seems like forever, Giuseppe Mazzocolin has been the ultimate champion of Sangiovese, long before it was fashionable. With Pagliarese, Mazzocolin and Fèlsina return to a super-classic Chianti Classico based on Sangiovese, of course, but with dollops of Canaiolo, Mammolo and Colorino aged in cask. The debut 2015 is fabulous. Bright, red-toned fruit and an array of floral/savory notes are nicely delineated, but the wine's purity and extraordinary balance elevate it into the realm of the sublime. What a gorgeous wine this is!"

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Tuscany

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Maturity

    2018 - 2030

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with GAME
with PORK

Taste

3

Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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