Located in the heart of Chianti is the 33 hectares of Castellare di Castellina planted in an ideal location. This is 100% Merlot from vines up to 45+ years old with a purposely small yield to promote depth and complexity. The 2016 vintage is the best wine that this estate has ever made and is quite limited as Monica mentions below with only 4,000 bottles made. We don't see a lot of this producer, especially on the west coast so we are happy to offer it especially at a USA low price.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 97 points! "The 2016 Poggio ai Merli is gorgeous. That's the short and the long of it. Merlot shows some of its best performances ever in Tuscany in the 2016 vintage. This wine is exceedingly smooth and silky, yet its tightly knit fiber supports a generous profile that ranges from dark cherry to spice, to tobacco and fresh potting soil. On the palate, the wine is rich and large in scope, yet it never leaves behind any residual heaviness. Castellare di Castellina has created a true beauty (with only 4,000 precious bottles made)."