2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva

2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva

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93 Points John Caro
2015 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva
93 Points John Caro

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A serious Riserva from a traditional estate in Chianti Classico. This is an old-school blend of finely structured Tuscan Sangiovese deepened by the darker-fruited inflections of its ancient vineyard companions, Canaiolo and Mammolo. This once-famous Pagliarese label has been revived by Felsina, who depart from their modern and single-varietal principles to capture this traditional blended style. At about the cost of a good Classico, this Riserva has pedigree written all over it and can only rise in price and regard. Get in at the ground floor on this!

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$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle



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 2015 vintage

"Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva is characterised by a fairly intense ruby red. The nose offers scents of ripe fruit, spice, moist earth, and emphatic impressions oftobacco leaf and black pepper. The palate is marked by tangy fruit with velvety tannins, good weight, and firm structure. A touch of acidity gives the finish a pleasant minerally quality and considerable length."

Stats & Food Matching

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    2018 - 2033

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB
with PORK



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