"Oldest-looking of the three Castel di Pugnas, with hints of onion skin at the edge. Gorgeous development on the nose of bee hive, leather, some espresso and spice. Wonderfully bright palate, mouth-coating, but juicy at the same time...
"Medium-bright, mid-life garnet. Cherries and plums on the nose, still with youthful verve. Outstanding what's-for-dinner? wine; this is the kind of nail-on-the head Chianti, not too light and not too heavy, that should be the backbone of any home cook's Italian dinner repertoire. Just a smudge of tannin on the sweet-fruit finish (which helps it negotiate grilled meats)." - David Rosengarten
Situated just two miles southeast of Siena’s center, atop a hill surrounded by cypress trees, is Castel di Pugna, a historic castle dating back to the 1100s. The winery itself was founded by Count Carlo Alberto in the early 1900’s and was later renovated by his son Count Luigi Alberto, although the original tufo-carved cellars still remain. The estate comprises 14 acres of vineyards (with 3 acres of olive groves), where only local Tuscan grapes are cultivated.
"Medium ruby red in color, with aromas of mixed berries, such as strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry. On the palate, the wine has balanced tannins, good structure, and a pleasant finish." - David Rosengarten