CASTELLO DELLA PANERETTA, CHIANTI CLASSICO
Sangiovese produces some of the most singular wines—the best examples easily hold their own alongside the great reds of the world. As the grape's claim to fame is tied directly to Chianti, a region whose philosophy, viticulture practices and winemaking style is so polarizing, it's easy to understand why the perception of Chianti is often skewed. From the historic origins of the "Chianti recipe" (Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Malvasia Bianco) created by the Prime Minister of Italy in 1872 to the bulk wine travesty that plagued the wines in the late 20th century, it has left consumers confused and apprehensive. Though the rise of the "Super Tuscan'' brought international acclaim to Tuscany, it did not help with the misperception of Chianti and the Sangiovese grape. As modern producers looked to appease consumer demand for bigger, richer, denser wines, Chianti Classico became something it was never meant to be: Sangiovese is delicate, and Cabernet and Merlot can cover that up. With traditional producers fighting back against the tides of change—producing stunning 100% Sangioveses—there's no better time to explore what Sangiovese can achieve in its purest form. Cue today’s offer: the wines of Castello della Paneretta.
Embracing a winemaking style of strict Tuscan tradition, Castello della Paneretta prefers to work exclusively with the native varieties of the area such as Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero. Throughout the sixties and seventies, many of the original Sangiovese vines were torn up throughout Tuscany to make way for other varieties. Fortunately, the vines at Castello della Paneretta survived and are now some of the oldest in the region. Their choice to only plant and use grape varieties that are autochthonous to the area was paramount to producing wines that completely reflect the character of the soils. Though good Merlot and Cabernet is possible to grow anywhere in the world, only Tuscany has the potential to produce outstanding Sangiovese. With records of wine production at the estate dating back to 1596, their distinct terroir produces some of the most "beautiful and expressive wine[s] that capture the personality of this part of the Chianti Classico zone" (AG, Vinous). A rare mix of aromatic beauty and savory, finely woven tannins, today's 2018 Chianti Classico, 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva, and 2013 single-vineyard ‘Torre a Destra’ are silky, exquisitely perfumed and elegant, with enough structure to drink well for 5-10 years. Without a doubt, these are my "desert island wines" that I could happily drink over and over again. For one week, we're offering up to 25% off these stunning wines so don't miss this opportunity to stock up!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CA, MO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, June 7, 2021.