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So, we got this biiiig bottle in today…

In Italian Wine, Red Wine, Tuscany on October 14, 2010 at 12:44 am

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We recieved this 9 Liter bottle today. The bottle next to it is a standard 750ml, for size comparison. 9 Liters is the equivalent of a full case of wine.  Putting your wine in a bottle this size makes a statement. Not to mention what appears to be a hand-painted canvas label. It says to me that the winery is especially proud of what’s inside the bottle. That got my interest up, so I had to do some research. Turns out the wine, 2001 Castello della Paneretta “Le Terrine” is a Tuscan blend of 50% Sangiovese (the most widely planted red grape in Tuscany) and 50% Canaiolo, which actually used to be the primary grape in Chianti Classico, but has been used in smaller amounts as a blending grape for many years now. The estate is actually situated within the Chianti Classico region, and if it had a higher percentage of Sangiovese, it could be labeled as such. However, so proud are they of the quality of their Canaiolo vines, they create this wine to showcase it. The winemaker credits east/southeast facing vineyards, the marl and limestone soil and, of course, the outstanding quality of his vines with creating a wine that is consistently a singularly impressive effort, and widely considered to be one of the finest examples in Tuscany of the potential of Canaiolo.

Tasting notes from James Suckling (Wine Spectator) October, 2004 ”Glorious aromas of blackberry and currant, with hints of black licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Tight now, but shows wonderful potential. Best after 2005″

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