Castello della Paneretta
In the very beginning of our wine engagement on a party we came across a bottle of Chianti from Castello della Paneretta which Baron Enzio von Kühlmann-Stumm brought with him from his cellars. He was very proud of this discovery, too. The 1986 was a surprise for us. We tried a glass and were charmed by its unique individual bouquet. One has to time the moment of opening well, but sometimes you find a good bottle from which it emerges. This eight year old 86 connected us to Paneretta and was the begin of a friendship.
The Castello della Peneretta is situated in the Val d'Elsa, overlooking the are from a small hill. The Castello was built around 1600, makes a strong and massive impression, but is yet elegant and illuminated by warm sunlight. On the walls of its courtyard there are fragments of paintings likewise in the knights hall which we know of our degustations of the latest vintages. One only can dream of living in such a place with a beautiful garden overviewing the landscape that seems to be flooded by southern light.
The estate in its modern form exists since 1985 and the 85 was the first vintage. But in the cellar one still can find some older bottles from the former owner. The cellar's gates are so narrow that the big wooden barrel have to be put together inside the cellar.
Without doubt wines from Paneretta became more modern, they slightly adapted their wine to the fashionable fruity, wood barrel-vanilla aroma which mainly suits the American market, but nevertheless they count to one of the best estates of the region.
Vin Italy 2000
Chianti Classico 1998
Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a destra 1997
1596-1996 (Quattrocentenario) 1997
Chianti Classico 1999
Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a destra 1998
Chianti Classico Riserva 1999