2019 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!
$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

90/100 Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Monica Larner

"Taking its concentration and intensity up a notch compared to the annata wine, the Pagliarese 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva hits a good middle ground between accessibility and pleasure. I would argue that the main character of the wine remains quite informal, but there is enough going on in terms of bouquet—with ripe cherry, smoke, tar and crushed rose—to keep your interest. You could pair this wine with a sausage pizza or go with a more sophisticated pork roast with glazed vegetables. Some 10,000 bottles were made." Drink 2022 - 2028

93/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2018 vintage)

"The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva is another gorgeous old-school wine from Pagliarese. Black cherry, cloves, licorice, leather and woodsmoke give the 2018 its distinctive, somber feel. This dense, super-expressive Riserva certainly has tons of character. Tasting the 2018 is like stepping back in time thirty years."

93/100 James Suckling

Dried roses, lemons, sour cherries, mint and cranberries on the nose. Fresh and tight, with a medium body and firm, fine tannins. Precise and fine at the end. Drink or hold.

Variety Sangiovese
Region Tuscany
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2022 - 2035

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB
with PORK



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