The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale is engaging from start to finish. Dark cherry, plum, spice, cedar, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that flesh out as the 2017 sits in the glass. Here, too, winemaker Alessandro Cellai captures a striking interplay between the overtness of the year and the classicism of Sangiovese and Chianti Classico.
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sep 2020)
Solid and beautiful with sliced strawberries and cherries, as well as floral and citrus character and hibiscus-tea undertones. Medium to full body and round, creamy tannins. So delicious. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Oct 2020)
This wine offers dark but streamlined intensity with a big punch of Tuscan authenticity, thanks to this traditional blend of Sangioveto (Sangiovese) with tiny parts Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. This threesome combination of indigenous grapes shows bright acidity and a mid-weight style that is enhanced in good measure by the heat and dryness of this vintage. There are aromas of Morello cherry, dried rose or lavender flower and potting soil with hints of iron ore or crushed granite. The mouthfeel in the Castellare di Castellina 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale shows balanced freshness with hints of the tannic astringency that come with this vintage. Production is 16,966 bottles.
92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)