Back Up The Truck - Chianti Edition:
2014 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico

Posted by Ian McFadden

For decades, Castell'in Villa has been a benchmark for the region. Somehow, the wines still seem to cruise under the radar.

Slowly, this seems to be changing. The wines are too compelling to be ignored.

For now, the Chianti Classico is one of the best values around. You'd be hard pressed to find a bottle with this level of finesse and transparency at the $20 price point.

I've recommended a bottle of Castell'in Villa to many serious collectors and they've always come back to buy the wine in quantity.

Castell'in Villa is one of the great, traditional and honest examples of Sangiovese.

Castell'in Villa's style is one of harmony and exacting precision. The wines flaunt a magical combination of verve, terroir-soaked purity and subtle complexity. For me, the total package is amazing.

The 2014 is a shockingly impressive vintage for the wine. On paper the growing season raises an eyebrow. The summer was cool, cloudy and with more rain than usual. However, the most important time (around harvest) was gloriously sunny and close to ideal. Castell'in Villa is among the highlights that flaunt the cool vintage's savory, mineral freshness.

It's the 2014's nervous elegance and overall, unadorned beauty that keep us returning to it again and again. It's also why we created special 6-pack pricing. You will want this wine around in quantity.

Castell'in Villa is one of the most historic, time-tested estates in the region. When a wine with this stature and success is available at such an affordable price, there's no doubt about making it a "Back Up The Truck" offering.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits