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Wine Scoop: Castello di Poppiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini

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Background: Count Guicciardini of Castello di Poppiano believes that Chianti Colli Fiorentini has taken a back seat to its neighbor, Chianti Classico, for too long. He was one of the founding members of the Consorzio Chianti Colli Fiorentini and his wines are becoming renowned the world over.

About the winery: The Guicciardini family traces its proprietorship of the castle at Poppiano to 1150 AD, when it was built as a Florentine outpost in an era of great social upheaval. The estate’s wine and olive oil production dates to that earliest period (it boasts 321 acres of vineyards and 123 acres of olive orchards). Located in the heart of Chianti country, it borders the Chianti Classico zone. 

About the wine: “Il Cortile” (named after the castle courtyard) is harvested from the most favored hillside vineyards. This wine's hallmark is a silky smooth texture, medium body, rich aromatics, full flavor, and long finish... the epitome of fine Chianti Colli Fiorentini. This wine offers tremendous quality at an affordable price. 

Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby with purple hues, incisive aromas which open to fruity flavors. Great balance between alcohol and tannins. Elegant, deep, long finish. Excellent with antipasti & pasta (of course), but also tuna, beef, pork & veal dishes. 

More Details:
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: Florence, Italy
Grapes: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Canailo & Colorino
Aging: Steel vats and partial oak casks for 4-6 months
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Pricing: 
Full cases: $179.88 ($14.99/bottle)
Individual bottles: $16.49

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