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2003 Castello della Paneretta Terrine

2009/09/15

Castello della Paneretta is a lovely estate located in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. The winery focuses on indigenous Tuscan varietals, which means Sangiovese and Canaiolo for the reds and Trebbiano and Malvasia for the Vin Santo. You won’t find any Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot sneaking into your Chianti here! The owners are very passionate about keeping the area’s traditions alive. This extends past the wines produced but into the agriturismo that includes apartments, a cooking school, and a restaurant in which you can enjoy great, rustic, Tuscan cuisine.

The quality of wines at Paneretta are always high, but I find Terrine is one of the most interesting wines produced due to the unusually high percentage of Canaiolo included in the blend. Producers in the region generally use Canaiolo for colour in Chianti, not more than 10% (DOCG laws allow for 80-100% Sangiovese and up to 20% “other varietals” which usually means Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Canaiolo, up to 10% of each). Terrine is 50% Sanviogese and 50% Canaiolo. Because this is outside the limits of the DOCG classification, Terrine is bottled as an IGT that is much more flexible in its varietal breakdown.

It had been a couple years since I last tasted this wine with the owner so I decided to pull a bottle to try. It was delicious, showing even better than in the past. It has a long life ahead, but can be consumed now with appropriate air.

2003 Castello della Paneretta Terrine
  • 2003 Castello della Paneretta Terrine Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (8/26/2009)
    Medium-dark ruby colour. Aromas of black cherry, prunes, spice, anise, vanilla, flowers/potpourri. Full-bodied, a little muted initially but has good acidity and structure. With time the palate opens to show well-balanced and beautiful fruit – frutto di bosco, cherry, spice. Moderate length finish ~35s with more dark fruit. 50/50 blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo and it’s definitely 100% Tuscan. Plenty of life ahead of this wine but it drinks well with a 2 hour decant. Drink over the next 5+ years. (92 pts.)

Next up … Braised Waygu short ribs and a heck of a lot more from a hedonistic food and wine weekend.

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