La Castellina Aureo IGT Toscana La Castellina, Azienda Agricola La Castellina

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La Castellina is located in the borough of Castellina in Chianti. The estate was founded by the aristocratic Squarcialupi family and vineyards have been cultivated at the estate since the middle ages. 1984 was a key year for Chianti Classico as the DOCG production code was first introduced. It was shortly afterwards, in 1989, that Monica Targioni and her husband Tommaso Bojola took over and the renaissance of Fattoria La Castellina began. In 1998 a modern cellar near the village was bought, however the cellars for ageing the wine remain at the restored Squarcialupi Palace. The grapes for the Aureo come from 2 hectares of south-west facing vineyards. It is a blend of Sangiovese 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35% and Merlot 35%. The wine is aged 12 months in second-fill French Allier oak barrels and then 6 months in bottle prior to release. Just 15,000 bottles are produced.

Tasting Notes

La Castellina Aureo is an intense ruby red colour, with a slighty lighter rim. The nose is dense and complex, there are notes of coffee, leather and chocolate as well and vanilla from the French oak. There is good expression of fruity and spicy notes from the Sangiovese but the Cabernet and Merlot add further complexity to the wine. The spices and aromas of the nose follow through onto the full-bodied palate which is complex, with good tannins, and a lenghty finish.

Drink With

This wine would be an ideal match for game, particularly wild boar or hare.


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