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2007 Castellare di Castellina Poggio ai Merli Toscano Rosso
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About Castellare di Castellina

The product of five farms joined together, Castellare di Castellina lies near the village of Castellare in the heart of Chianti Classico. Formed in 1968, Castellare covers 80 hectares, 33 of which are planted to a mix of Italian and Bordeaux varieties, namely Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Cabernet.

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2007 Castellare di Castellina Poggio ai Merli Toscano Rosso

Producer: Castellare di Castellina
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: Italy
Region: Tuscany

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - August 2012

Saturated ruby.  Wild aromas of blackberry, black cherry, pepper, truffle and minerals.  Wonderfully dense and concentrated, with compelling black fruit and spice flavors that show a refined quality at the back.  Finishes supple, with outstanding length and brightness.  A very strong vintage for this merlot, from a hot year that might have led one to expect grittier tannins.  Very well done.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Italy

Italy, like France, offers a world of wine styles within a single country: dry Italian white wines ranging from lively and minerally to powerful and full-bodied; cheap and cheerful Italian red wines in both a cooler, northern style and a richer, warmer southern style; structured, powerful reds capable of long aging in bottle; sparkling wines; sweet wines and dessert wines.
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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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