- Casaloste Chianti Classico 2013 Product #31648 (In Stock)
Casaloste’s vineyards lie in the heart of the “Conca d’Oro” – the “Golden Shell” where you’ll also find growers like Fontodi, Castello dei Rampolla, and other of Chianti’s greats. Proprietor and winemaker Giovanni d'Orsi's Chianti Classico is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, hand harvested at optimal ripeness, fermented in tank and then aged 12 months in French oak cask and barrique. It’s loaded with rich Chianti black cherry fruit with accents of violet, leather and chocolate. There’s an earthy complexity here that takes this to a higher level than the average Classico and fantastic mid-palate energy. You’ll love it now -2023 with mushroom pasta and grilled beef..
"Panzano (Greve in Chianti). Mid ruby with orange tinges. Ripe nose with a hint of dried fruit. A mouthful of fruit without being heavy, and grainy tannins adding interest on the finish." JancisRobinson.com 16/20 points
"A beautiful Chianti Classico with precision and clarity. Full body, ripe and rich dark fruit character and a long and silky finish. Very fine and tight. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." James Suckling 92 points
- Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Product #31658 (In Stock)
Giovanni d'Orsi crafts this wine from the very best Sangiovese grapes he grows in the very best region of Chianti - the Conca d’Oro – and blends in 8% or so of the best barrels of Merlot and other permitted varieties in the cellar. He then ages his wine for 14 months in high-quality French oak barriques to soften Sangiovese’s hard hedges and add complexity. It's from the great 2011 Chianti harvest, and it’s clear right away that there was more than enough fruit and power here to not only stand up to the Riserva treatment but to actually benefit from it. It’s young and there’s still a bit of primary oak showing on the nose and palate, but the real story here is the dark, rich, cherry and berry fruit, the plush texture, and the long and mouthwatering finish. Drink with a decant now or cellar through 2026.
"A big and velvety wine with chocolate, berry and spice. Full body, round and chewy. Nutty undertone. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now." James Suckling 92 points
- Casaloste Inversus Toscana IGT 2013 Product #31650 (In Stock)
One of owner/winemaker Giovanni d'Orsi's sons suffers from a rare congenital condition called Situs Inversus, in which major organs are inverted, or lie on the opposite side of the body from normal. Giovanni created this wine to honor his son (his fingerprint is on the label) by "inverting" the wine's blend. Where his normal Chianti Classico is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, Inversus is 90% rich, dense, rich, Merlot plus 10% vivid, mouthwatering, Sangiovese, all aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. Pomerol from Bordeaux - think mouthfilling velvet. Layers of dark plum, black raspberry, and succulent currant fruit are framed by sweet and sophisticated oak spice. It’s a bit tight today, but the finish is already a thing of beauty, dry and pure with supple and ripe tannins. Decant it for an hour now if you like, but it will be best from 2018-2028.
"Lots of spicy, intense and focused blackberry, tea leaf and mushroom character here. Full body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. Richer style but characterful. Let it mellow for a year or two. Made from organically grown grapes." James Suckling 93 points