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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Castello di Selvole 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva

Posted on | October 6, 2015 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

RD9048-2This past weekend I had the honor of attending the wedding of a dear friend of mine in Newport, RI. The setting was breathtaking, but unfortunately it was impossible to take it all in because of cold weather and rain. The day after the wedding, I gathered with some close friends for dinner, and never one to let my mood be determined by the weather, I decided to warm all of our spirits with the Castello di Selvole 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva.

Chianti has come far in the past few decades, but I still tend to rely on a few reliable producers. This bottle was something new to me. A wine that Sergio hand-selected and brought into stock, I’d yet to try it and I was thrilled at the opportunity to dig in among friends. Sometimes when we step out of our comfort zone we can experience something very wonderful.

Sangiovese is the most planted red grape in all of Italy and you could argue that the Chianti and Chianti Classico regions are the heart of this grape’s production. Tuscan Sangiovese wine is inherently Italian. The nose and palate are a balance of fruit, earth and life, and the structure maintains a strong backbone, yet a seductive rusticity remains. When you close your eyes and sip a good Chianti Classico, it takes you somewhere. You feel as though you are walking through a small village with colorful stucco buildings around your, shoes tapping along the cobblestone street until you turn into a dusty old antique shops, owned by an old woman who you wish was your grandmother. This is the power of great Sangiovese.

Castello di Selvole is located in a wine region with roots dating back over 300 years, but this estate has been in operation for just under two decades. Like so many romance stories, this property was born from the love of two people and their love of the land and the magic it produces. Drinking this wine from the heart of Chianti Classico in a café with my friends, the wind whipped outside and the rain poured down, but I did not feel cold. I felt warmth in my stomach, my heart and maybe even a little bit in my face.

This Chianti is young, but if opened for an hour or so it shows you incredible potential. It’s a wine sure to bring people together where the stories can flow and lives can be shared. At just under $35 a bottle, this Chianti Classico Riserva packs a powerful value.


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