2019 Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva
90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Mammolo.
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.
|2022 - 2035
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