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Chianti Classico Collection 2021: Tasting Notes (Part 2, I-Z)

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Continued from Part 1, A-H


Il Drago e la Fornace Carbonaie IGT 2015

Deep ruby red in colour. Scented florals, prune, liquorice, range of spice notes. Exotic. Could be a dessert wine. Unusual but welcoming.

Points 91 TW


Il Drago e la Fornace Oro IGT 2015

A blend of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Ruby red in colour. Morello cherry aromatics, cinnamon, ginger and star anise. Light texture. Slightly exotic yet savoury. The winemaker has preserved freshness in this wine. Point 92 TW


Il Drago e la Fornace Aldobrandino IGT 2018

Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby red in colour. Racy from the start. Blackberries and black currents sit on a bed of sweet Eastern spice. Aromatics of cedar wood, dried wild mushrooms. Bold and inviting. Its purity of flavours is compelling.

Points 95 TW


Il Palagio di Panzano CC 2016

Ruby red in colour with bright undertones. Fresh warm red cherry, raspberries, faint notes of liquorice and black olive, forest floor. Shows all round balance with fine tannins and fresh acidity.

Points 92 TW


Il Palagio di Panzano CC Riserva 2016

Ruby red in colour. Dark cherry and blackberry, soft liquorice, juniper. Super interesting. Savoury. Has natural richness.

Points 93 TW


Il Poggiolini Il Classico CC 2018

Pale garnet red in colour. Red cherry, dry herb notes. Tart and thin. Alcohol showing on the close.

Points 85 TW


Il Poggiolini La Riserva CC Riserva 2016

Pale garnet in colour. Sour cherry, liquorice, clove and mint. Faint florals. Juicy rounded mouthfeel. Fresh tannins with balanced acidity. Very pleasing.

Points 91 TW


Istine CC 2018

Vivid ruby red in colour. Strong florals, liquorice, red berries, menthol, dried herbs with citrusy notes. Slightly edgy. Fresh clean palate. Tangy acidity leads to juicy close.

Points 91 TW


Istine Le Vigne CC Riserva 2017

Ruby red in colour. Dazzles from the off. Elegant racy dark fruit, of blackberry and blueberry, blood orange, eucalyptus and wet saddle leather. Distinctive spice profile. Richness goes hand in glove with structure and primary flavours. Striking character and super expressive.

Wow!

Points 97 TW


Le Cinciole CC 2017

Ruby red in colour. Black berries, dark cherry, menthol, sweet Eastern spice, cigar leaf tobacco, leather and dry earth. Soft curves of textural richness and depth. Luscious and welcoming.

Points 93 TW


Le Cinciole Aluigi CC Riserva 2016

A seductive rush of red and black fruits introduce nuances of burnt orange peel, baked plum, dry herbs, slate, mint and exotic spice. Wonderful textural depth. Slightly forward tannins but will relax in time. Linear.

Points 94 TW

Le Cinciole Camalaione IGT 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Black fruit flavours in bold print, wet leather, dry Mediterranean herbs, cedar, liquorice and sweet spice. Slightly exotic. Superb intensity. Poised and polished.

Points 95 TW


Le Regge CC 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Dazzles from the off: blue florals, blackberries, black olive notes, menthol and cedar. Fresh, inviting. Rounded texture in a framework of layered minerality.

I like this!

Points 94 TW


Le Regge CC Riserva 2016

Deep ruby red in colour with a translucent hue. Red cherry, blood orange, liquorice. Chewy tannins zesty acidity. Rounded texture. Very appealing house style.

Points 93 TW


Lecci e Brocchi CC 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Fresh red fruits, plum, burnt orange peel. Tight yet polished. Comes up a little short on the mid palate.

Points 90 TW


Lecci e Brocchi Il Chiorba CC Riserva 2017

Ruby red in colour with amber rim. Ripe red cherry, crushed raspberry, vanilla, orange peel, faint notes of sweet tobacco and Eastern spice. Extra kick of mid palate depth. Soft curves. Long and fresh close.

Points 93 TW


Lilliano CC Gran Selezione 2017

Ruby red in colour with pale purple undertones. Sweet dry cherry, raspberries, burnt orange peel, mint, clove. Rich velvet juicy texture framed in fresh ripe tannins and acidity.

Points 94 TW


Lilliano CC Riserva 2017

Ruby red in colour. Black ripe fruits mixed with baking spice. Dry earth, orange peel. Has a flamboyant character to it.

Points 92 TW


Lilliano CC 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Dry cherry, Kirsch, blood orange, sweet spice, underbush, pink pepper. Fine tannins rest on fresh acidity. Rich fruit continues to the close.

Points 92 TW


Mangiacane CC 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Red fruit, vanilla, fresh cut flowers. mint. Secondary nuances of sour cherry and faint liquorice. Citrusy character. Comes up short on the back end.

Points 89 TW


Mangiacane CC Riserva 2017

Dark garnet in colour. Ripe red cherry, violet, dried mushroom, saddle leather, burnt orange peel, whiff of menthol. Slightly over extracted but not in a negative way. A “Walter Mitty” character. Medium bodied.

Points 90 TW


Mangiacane Z District CC Gran Selezione 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. A mix of black and red berries, cedar, dry leather, vanilla notes, earthy. Good textural richness. Medium to full bodied.

Points 91 TW


Mannucci Droandi Ceppeto CC 2017

Dark ruby red in colour. Black cherry, crushed blackberry, menthol, cinnamon, Mediterranean dry herbs. Complex and layered. Rich. Juicy. Sour cherry freshness coming of mid palate. Distinctive character.

Points 92 TW


Mannucci Droandi Ceppeto CC Riserva 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Red cherry, vanilla, spice, sweet tobacco. Smooth texture with fine tannins. Cedar and vanilla notes lead to a long finish. Singular winemaking expression.

Points 93 TW


Maurizio Alongi Vigna Barbischio CC Riserva 2017

Garnet red in colour with translucent undertones. Rich warm dark fruit of blackberry, blueberry and cherry. Balsamic notes, burnt orange peel, faint cedar notes. Fresh. Good texture. Mint and red cherry nuances on inviting clean, long finish.

Points 92 TW


Maurizio Alongi Vigna Barbischio CC Riserva 2018

Pale ruby red with garnet undertones. Dark fruits vie with fresh youthful tannins, menthol. Blue floral aromatics come into play with dark chocolate, Mediterranean herbs and sweet spice.Well structured. Juicy on mid palate. Engaging wine.

Points 93 TW


Monte Calvi CC 2018

Ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, leather, tree bark, nutshell. Good aromatics. Forward but not overdone. Points 92 TW


Monte Maggio CC 2015

Bright ruby red in colour. Blue floral aromatics and sea pebble minerality lead the way to red fruits and spice. Completely at ease with itself. Great energy. Rich and linear to the close.

Points 93 TW


Monte Maggio CC Gran Selezione 2012

Intense ruby red in colour. Crushed blueberries blackberries, violet, blood orange, dried Mediterranean herbs. Has clarity and precision. Second wave of sweet tobacco and vanilla. Palate is polished. Fine tannins. Delivers beautifully.

Points 93 TW


Monte Maggio CC Riserva 2013

Ruby red in colour. Violet floral aroma mixed with dried sweet cherry, raspberry, dry leather, earth. Faint notes of roast meat. Velvet texture expands on the mid palate to give a beguiling show of structure and freshness. Zesty character.

Point 93 TW


Montecchio CC 2019

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry, blackberry, vanilla, clove, slate. Showing youthful tension.

Tight. Comes up a little short.

Points 89-91 TW


Montecchio CC 2017

Pale ruby red with purple undertones. Red fruits abound. Liquorice, faint spice notes, dry herbs. Savoury. Soft entry. Tightness comes from strong tannins. Balanced. Zesty acidity expressed on the close.

Points 91 TW

Montecchio Pasquino CC Gran Selezione 2015

Intense ruby red in colour. Fresh red cherry and plum mingle with sweet spice, showing an intense and elegant offering. Further nuances of tobacco, mocha, dry earth and nutshell assist in delivering a smooth rich, complete and balanced wine.

Points 94 TW


Montecchio CC Riserva 2015

Ruby red in colour. Red berries, dark plum, dry earth and liquorice. Caressing tannins spread across your palate bringing a rich, velvety wine of poise and polish.

Great balance and texture.

Points 93 TW


Montecchio CC Riserva 2016

Intense ruby red in colour. Fresh red fruits, saddle leather, sweet spice, dry forest floor.

Tannins are dusty and compact. Oyster shell undertone. Generous yet elegant. Memorable.

Points 94 TW

Oliviera Campo di Mansueto CC 2018

Pale garnet red in colour. Sour cherry, grassy notes. Bitter citrus rind.

Points 84 TW


Oliviera Quaranta CC 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Sour cherry, faint aromatics of violet. Hint of liquorice. No structure or body.

Point 85 TW


Podere l’Aja CC 2016

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry, raspberry and blue floral notes. Has filled out since last tasting in June 2019. Drink now.

Points 92 TW


Podere l’Aja Campione di Botte CC 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, soft raspberry, white truffle, faint liquorice, dry earth. So juicy and expressive. Coates the mouth in dense sways of ripe fruit with just enough of structure and acidity to retain balance. Wonderful perfumed exit. Bravo!

Points 94 TW


Podere l’Aja L’Ingegnere IGT 2016

Ruby red in colour with dark orange hue. Although an IGT blend, this wine is all about Sangiovese and especially the Sangiovese from this estate in Radda. Showing ripeness and structure. Wild cherry, blood orange and red plum. The back end shows a play between citrus notes, blue florals and sea pebble minerality. A wine of impact.

Points 95 TW

Podere l’Aja CC Riserva 2016

Ruby red in colour. A wine showing its terroir. Red fruits, sweet spice, liquorice and dry earth. Dense, rich, moves between soft and angular textures. Full of character.

Points 93 TW


Podere l’Aja Chielle CC 2016

Ruby red in colour. A wine made from 40year old vines. Shows class in its complexity. Outstanding fruit quality. Primary flavours. Gives balance and precision. Unexpectedly elegant.

Points 95 TW


Podere Poggetto Tinìa CC 2015

Pale garnet red in colour. Morello cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, clove, dry herbs. Velvet texture. Juicy. Has poise. Zesty acidity. Long finish.

Points 93 TW


Podere Terreno CC 2019

Pale translucent garnet red in colour. Red cherry, menthol, liquorice, orange peel. Soft texture held in place with harmonised tannins and acidity. A little disjointed but very pleasant all the same.

Points 90 TW


Podere Terreno CC Riserva 2017

Pale ruby red in colour. Overbearing scent notes, cherry fruit soaked in spirit, wet forest floor, clove. Bitter orange peel with aromas of nail varnish

Points 85 TW


Poggerino CC 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Beautiful aromas of fresh rose and violet petals blend with black cherry, orange peel, baking spice and mint. Stunning rich texture. Dense and juicy. Broad long finish.

Points 93 TW


Poggerino Bugialla CC Riserva 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Red cherry, berries, dry leather, liquorice, blood orange and mint. Full of character. Mild floral aromatics add to the pleasure. Fine tannins. Fresh acidity. Great length and balance. Points 94 TW


Poggi Regini CC 2019

Garnet red in colour with purple undertones. Red and black berries, cherry, sweet exotic spice, rose notes, liquorice and Mediterranean herbs. Mid weight with integrated tannins. Drink now.

Points 91 TW


Poggio al Sole Casasilia CC Gran Riserva 2017

Intense ruby red in colour. Dark fruits abound. Faint spice notes, cigar tobacco, forest floor. Savoury. Rich textured mouth feel. Compact tannins. Citrus notes on the back end. Has poise and charm.

Points 93 TW


Poggio al Sole CC 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Blended nuances of red cherry, pomegranate, burnt orange peel, cinnamon and spring cut flowers. Primary flavours. Bright and Translucent. Bordering on elegant.

Points 92 TW

Poggio Torselli Toscana Rosso IGT 2018

Ruby red in colour with purple rim. Sweet perfumed red fruit, liquorice, clove, orange peel, menthol. Fresh, crisp and clean mouthfeel. Shows energy in the glass.

Points 90 TW


Poggio Torselli CC 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Fruits of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Vanilla notes, cedar, spice, white smoke and forest floor. Dusty tannins. Rounded acidity.

Points 92 TW


Poggio Torselli CC Gran Selezione 2016

Deep ruby red in colour. Sensational aromatics of ripe cherry, crushed raspberry, Eastern spice and sweet pipe tobacco. Dry leather and vanilla add to this rich complex wine.

Memorable!

Points 93 TW


Poggio Torselli CC Riserva 2016

Red ruby in colour. Blackberry, blueberry, plum, spice, roasted coffee bean, vanilla oaky notes. Powdery tannins and fresh acidity assist the solid core of fruit and nuances. Robust and approachable.

Points 93 TW

Pomona CC 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Red cherry, violet, Eastern spice, orange peel, crushed stone, liquorice. Medium bodied. Caressing tannins. Elements come together.

Points 91 TW


Pomona CC Riserva 2017

Ruby red in colour. Warm crushed cherry, cedar, medley of dry blue flowers and Mediterranean herbs. Savoury. A touch under full bodied. Well crafted. points 92 TW


Principi Corsini Villa Le Corti CC 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Warm red cherry, eucalyptus, pomegranate. Wonderful tannins structure: balance given by fresh acidity. Showing youthful exuberance. Will relax in time.

Points 92 TW


Principi Corsini Villa Le Corti Cortevecchia CC Riserva 2016

Bright ruby red in colour. Back cherry, blood orange, liquorice, grilled Mediterranean herbs. Citrusy character. Balanced and refined.

Points 93 TW

Principi Corsini Villa Le Corti Zac CC Gran Selezione 2016

Dark ruby red in colour. Red cherry, liquorice, orange peel, cigar box, refreshing minty acidity bring together all the qualities of this vintage. Back end adds further dimensions.

Points 94 TW


Principi Corsini Villa Le Corti Don Tommaso CC Gran Selezione 2016

Intense ruby red in colour. Red cherry, plum, blood orange, blue floral notes. Such poise like a ballerina. A charming and pretty wine.

Points 95 TW


Querceto Di Castellina L’Aura CC 2018

Ruby red in colour. Red cherry, mint, orange peel, vanilla, baking spice. Appealing supple fruit palate. Light on its feet. Elements come together. Savoury.

Points 92 TW


Querceto Di Castellina Sei CC Gran Selezione 2017

Intense ruby red in colour. Red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, grilled Mediterranean herbs. Tannins once structured have left only a shadow behind. Acidity still frames the wine.

Shows pedigree. Bright, fresh and linear.

Points 93 TW


Quercia al Poggio CC 2018

Garnet red in colour. Black cherry, black berry, dry leather, baked plum with star anice and cinnamon, blue florals. Fine fresh tannins and acidity. Balanced. Savoury and earthy.

Points 94 TW


Quercia al Poggio CC Riserva 2015

Deep garnet red in colour. Black cherry, black berries, dry leather, cigar leaf, liquorice, mocha. Earthy. Mid palate showing dense texture. Juicy with nuances of smoke and Eastern spice. Has energy and tension.

Points 93 TW


Ricasoli 1141 Brolio CC Riserva 2017

Ruby red in colour with garnet undertones. Predominant black fruits followed by fresh red cherry lined with chewy tannins. Light sweet spice notes. Citrusy edge on the close

Points 92 TW


Ricasoli 1141 Brolio CC Riserva 201