Vineyard: Sourced from their cru Poggio delle Rose.
Orientation: South, southwest at 350m in elevation.
Soil: Alluvial soil with pebbles and a mixture of lime, clay and sand.
Viticulture: Hand harvested between the second half of September and early October.
Vinification: Natural fermentation with native yeast in stainless steel tanks for 12-14 days.
Aging: Aged for 24-36 months, first in Allier barriques and then in large Slavonian oak.
Production: 833 cases of 6.
Notes: The Castell'in Villa wines are always released a year to two years after most of their peers. They are one of the oldest estates and have wines in their cellar dating back to 1971.
Poggio delle Rose was planted in 1990 with a clonal selection taken from Castell’in Villa’s original vineyards. A small amount was produced in 1994, but the first commercial release was the 1996.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The single vineyard bottling of Poggio delle Rose Riserva from Castell’in Villa sees a bit
of time in barriques prior to being racked into older botti to finish up its elevage, and the 2008
shows a touch of cedary influence on the nose from its period in smaller casks. The bouquet is
deep, complex and classy, wafting from the glass in a blend of cherries, a touch of orange peel,
lovely spiced meat tones, a good base of soil, incipient notes of nutskin and a deft touch of cedar.
On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and fairly elegant in profile, with a more open
personality than the ’08 Riserva. The core is deep and sappy, the tannins are ripe and there is
good length and grip on the riper, but complex finish. This is accessible today, but also has the
balance to age long and gracefully. Good juice, but this is just a touch riper in profile than the
2008 Riserva and probably will not be quite as refined at its apogee, nor as long-lived as a result.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 95 (Decanter)
From a media-shy producer, a cult Chianti that rarely appears in tastings. Nose of great complexity, with violets, ripe plum and almond paste vying with savoury-earthy aromas of undergrowth and iron filings. Opens with sweet fruit and slowly develops refined silky texture on the palate. Long, soft finish with lovely balance.
-Richard Baudain, Decanter Online August 2014