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Chianti Classico Collection 2023

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

This year, the pattern of tasting Chianti Classico continues: Annata, Riserva and Gran Selezione, separate from IGT Toscana from the same wineries.

The point of this exercise is to try and identify the style difference between the new zones of Chianti Classico and to attempt to pinpoint these to smaller sub zones, much the same as Burgundy.


Among these new UGAs (Additional Geographical Units), I was surprised to identify two strong sub zones of taste, style and uniqueness namely: Panzano UGA in the municipality of Greve in Chianti, roughly half way between Siena and Florence and Monti UGA in the southern sector of Gaiole in Chianti, six miles to the north in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. These sub zones are not only showing a collective style by the individual wineries, but producing wines of a serious, high quality nature.

Taking Panzano first: this area consists of 39 wineries, a total area of 2,840 hectares of which 595 hectares are under vine. This is famed for two reasons: it has the highest density of vines in all Chianti Classico and the highest percentage of organic and biodynamic wineries in the entire region. The most acclaimed area is the Conca O’Oro, found to the west of Panzano. These wines seem to be more concentrated, darker, savoury with earth tones and a compact tannin structure with outstanding fruit quality. Wineries of note here are Fontodi, Le Cinciole, Castelli del Grevepesa, Castello di Rampolla, Vecchie Terre di Montefilli, Gagliole and Casaloste.


The area of Monti consists of 625 hectares in total with 125 hectares under vine, including areas of Cacchiano, San Marcellino, Il Colle and Monti di Setto. These wines have a lighter colour tone, refined tannins, lush mouthfeel, elegance is the order of the day. These are approachable and yet exceptionally age worthy. Wineries of note are Rocca di Montegrossi, Barone Ricasoli, Badia a Coltibuono and Castello di Cacchiano.


The weather in 2020 for the Chianti Classico region was generally very kind, with no extreme conditions: cool spring, long warm to hot summer, with good variation of day to night temperatures, allowing grape maturation time to complete the ripening cycle to near perfection. Rain in June and September avoided any drought scenario. Production down 10% on 2019 due to cold night temperatures in April, which affected bud break.


Another element of impact (although absurdly of some benefit) was…Covid! This had a surprisingly positive effect on the harvest: foreign marketing trips and all sorts of representation commitments were cancelled allowing winemakers more time to concentrate on their vineyards!


Overall 2020 was an outstanding vintage for Chianti Classico.


I found it interesting to compare the vintages of 2015/16/19 and 2020. To start, the vintages of 2019 and 2020 are different in a few ways, the most obvious being the 2020 are far more approachable and advanced.

The 2020 also show freshness, harmony, forward aromatic tones. The former vintages of 2015/16 appear more concentrated and broader, also showing precise nuances.The later vintages 2019/20 tend to encapsulate a lighter, more open appeal, a graceful feel, if you will; not giving up on its full body style.

Quite often I get asked if the recent increase in dry, hot conditions has an adverse effect on the wines produced?

Because of the ‘here to stay’ climate conditions, one has to remember that winemaking is a science, and close attention to every detail is paramount so winemakers can produce the finest product achievable, working with the uniqueness of every vintage. Generally, educated decision making in the vineyards and the cellar work is fundamental.

I feel somewhat compelled to pay tribute to certain wineries that, in my opinion, have excelled in quality terms among the wines sent to me this year. Bearing in mind I tasted and reviewed 200 wines over the past few weeks.


Gagliole

The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019 is a wine of reference.


Badia a Coltibuono

Always noteworthy wines to be found here, but over the last few years their precise approach has elevated great standards even higher.


Querciabella

Special attention to all aspects of the vineyards, together with work in the cellar is really paying dividends in the glass.Their Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018 is a perfect example along with Chianti Classico Riserva 2019.


Mazzei

Wines have their own unique style. The difficult thing to achieve is to make a multi range where they ALL achieve excellence, as is the case here.


Vignamaggio

Wines are always approachable and dependable, irrespective of vintage.


Castello di Albola

The two Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019 are wines that are testimony to the drive and professionalism of Alessandro Gallo and his team.


Villa Calcinaia

The entire range of 2019 Chianti Classico are a milestone for this winery. It was a privilege to experience the pure enjoyment of these wines. Years of dedication, trial and error and intelligent thought process, brought this remarkable achievement to fruition, led by Conte Sebastiano Capponi.


Isole e Olena

What can I add to the myriad of words of adulation that rightfully belong to the lifetime of winemaking and genius of Paolo de Marchi. The three wines I received for review are a testament to his great achievement at Isole e Olena: hopefully to continue under the new ownership Christopher Descours of EPI Group.


Acknowledgement:

I wish to offer my thanks to the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico for their trust and all the winemakers who have kindly sent their wines to my office in Umbria to be appraised.

Also Silvia Fiorentini and Caterina Mori the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico’s Marketing and Communication Managers whose continued support has been invaluable.


Tasting Notes



Arillo in Terrabianca

Sacello Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Palest ruby red in colour. Rich violet and bluebell aromas. Redcurrant, dark cherry, plum, tobacco, salty liquorice and eucalyptus. On entry a hit of zesty acidity followed by the shortest of finishes.

Points 87 TW


Arillo in Terrabianca

Terrabianca Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Red rose aromas vie with camphor, dark Eastern spice and liquorice. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, loganberry, asphalt, black pepper and menthol infused herbs. Some orange peel and nutmeg notes. Cool entry, inviting and fresh. Savoury. Juicy. Broad and very long finish. Really nicely done.

Points 93 TW


Arillio in Terrabianca

Poggio Croce Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Palest of ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of cut spring flowers. Bing cherry, redcurrant, dewberry, blood orange, balsamic notes, spice and tree bark.Warm entry, plush and juicy. Good balance. Very fresh and clean mouthfeel. Long broad close.

Points 92 TW



Badia a Coltibuono

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Heady bouquet of rose petal, camphor, gardenia and liquorice. Wild red berries, dark plum, dried Mediterranean herbs, candied orange peel, pomegranate, nutmeg and cedar. Medium bodied. Silky and delicate. Flavours abound. Showing great character for a youthful wine. Lingers on the finish.

Points 92 TW


Badia a Coltibuono

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Delicate florals of rose petal, dark spice and myrtle. Ripe red cherry, dewberry, blackcurrant, strawberry with green top, sweet tobacco and floral underbrush. So precise, with fine tannins balanced against pin point acidity. Great symmetry. Seamless. Back end showing complex layered minerals interwoven with ripe fruit structure. Long finish

Points 94 TW


Badia a Coltibuono

RS Cultusboni Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Violet and lavender aromas. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, loganberry, blood orange, camphor, liquorice, new leather and blonde tobacco. Silky red. Agile.Vibrant. Hits the right notes.

Points 92 TW


Badia a Coltibuono

Cultus Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Concentrated blue and purple florals on the nose. Dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, dark plum, liquorice, bitter orange peel and mint. Palate is so polished. Lightly textured. Silky and balanced. Fresh, clean broad close.

Points 93 TW



Banfi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of dark purple and blue petal florals .Dark cherry, blackcurrant, camphor, orange peel, fresh herb notes, liquorice. Very lightly textured. Agile and flavourful. Slight youthful tension will dissolve. Medium length.

Points 90 TW


Banfi

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of violet and gardenia florals and dried lavender. Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, blood orange, menthol and a slight dusting of dark Eastern spice. Medium bodied. Succulent. Balanced. Juicy. Fresh, clean mouthfeel. High fruit quality. Long close.

Points 93 TW


Banfi

Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour with pink highlights. Raised aromatics of violet, bluebell and myrtle. Bing cherry, blackberry, blueberry, camphor, orange peel, cedar and crushed rock minerality. Cool entry. Lightly textured, coats the palate, showing depth and persistence. Superb transparency. Broad long close.

Points 92 TW



Bibbiano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Needs plenty of aeration. Dark petal floral aromatics. Blackberry, blackcurrant, cedar, white pepper, vanilla, liquorice, bitter orange peel and spicy herbal notes. Obvious berry character. Youthful tannins and zingy acidity. Plump and juicy. Good showing.

Points 92 TW

Bibbiano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Dusty blue floral aromas. Morello cherry, pomegranate, dark plum, boysenberry, camphor, cigar box, orange peel and incense. Cool entry. Slight inward looking and reticent. Opens finally off the mid palate showing a savoury character. Needs bottle age.

Points 91- 93 TW


Bibbiano

Vigna del Capannino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Potent aromatics of red and black berry, camphor and sweet spice. Blackberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry, dark plum, cedar notes, grilled rosemary, bitter citrus peel, clove and star anise. Slightly oaky vanilla nuances. Cool entry. Light in texture.Delicate and creamy. Tapers slightly to a long concentrated close.

Points 93 TW


Bibbiano

Vigne di Montornello Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense medium garnet red in colour. Red rose petal and gardenia aromatics with crushed mint. Blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, cedar shavings, camphor, incense, dark spice, bitter orange peel, balsamic notes with tobacco. Smooth entry. Juicy. Slight racy personality. Enveloping wine. Superb intensity.

Points 94 TW



Bindi Sergardi

Tenuta I Colli Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal and bluebell. Red cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, balsam, clove and grilled rosemary. Warm, inviting and expansive on the mid palate, showing balance and energy. Full bodied. Broad long finish.

Points 92 TW


Bindi Sergardi

Tenuta Mocenni La Ghirlanda Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Red rose petal aromas. Red cherry, red and black berries, tar, cedar, star anise and mint. Juicy. Balanced. Bright and translucent. Tapers slightly on long finish.

Points 92 TW



Borgo Scopeto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Attractive bouquet of violet florals, liquorice and red berries. Redcurrant, loganberry, baked plum, star anise, camphor, baking spice and dried herbal notes. Rich palate. Well extracted. Slight tension and yet agile. Medium to full bodied. Broad juicy long finish.

Points 92 TW


Borgo Scopeto

Vigna Misciano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Violet florals with dried lavender. Red cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, baked plum, camphor, liquorice and cedar. Elegant entry. Juicy. Layered. Medium bodied. Expansive. Fresh. Good structure and balance. Articulated close.

Points 93 TW



Caparsa

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Pink rose petal and violet florals on the nose. Red cherry, cranberry, goji berry, sweet tobacco, liquorice, menthol infused herbal notes and camphor. Smooth entry. Light in texture. Fine tannins balanced with fresh acidity. Layered minerality. Juicy. Medium length on the finish.

Points 90 TW


Caparsa

Carparsino Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour. Blue florals of violet, hyacinth and bluebell. Bing cherry, pomegranate, plum, blood orange, camphor, liquorice and black tea. Cool entry. Lightly textured. Medium bodied. Nicely weighted. Slight sour notes coming off mid palate tends to dominate the close.

Points 89 TW


Caparsa

Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Red rose petal in alcohol aromas. Blackberry, blackcurrant, sweet tobacco, clove, cinnamon and bitter citrus peel. Silky and plush entry. Saline energy. Layered complex minerality. Crunchy tannins vie with vivid acidity. Slight dry sensation to mouthfeel after close.

Points 89 TW



Capraia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Needed plenty of aeration. Slight aromas of blue florals. Red cherry, raspberry, liquorice, orange peel, humus. Secondary nuances of blackberry, spice and balsam. Smooth entry. Finely formed and attractive for the vintage.

Points 90 TW


Capraia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Violet and gardenia florals. Blackberry, blueberry, star anise, balsam, blood orange and baking spice. Silky entry. Tart notes on mid palate, vey slight in body. Tapers to a medium length close.

Points 89 TW


Capraia

Effe 55 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Dark ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth and mimosa. Red cherry, pomegranate, boysenberry, dark Eastern spice, camphor and salty liquorice. Muscular yet agile. Full bodied. Potent. Silky mouthfeel with integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Savoury. Generous. Lingers on the close.

Points 93 TW



Carpineto

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium purple in colour. Red rose petal and broom florals. Blackcurrant, blackberry, dark plum, vanilla, candid orange peel and cinnamon. Very lightly textured. Berry character. Caressing tannins. Medium bodied. Tense. Well weighted with primary nuances.

Points 90 TW



Casa Sola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour. Old English dried red rose petal aromas. Redcurrant, loganberry, wild strawberry, leather, puff of white smoke, liquorice and dried Mediterranean herbs. Cool entry, lightly textured. A touch tight. Tense tannins. Could benefit from more weight to carry it through.

Points 88 TW


Casa Sola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2017

Pale ruby red in colour. Red florals aromatics. Dark cherry, pomegranate, liquorice, orange peel, cedar and walnut shell. Smooth entry. Pleasant progression with fine tannins and zesty acidity. Slight drying tension following mid palate. Medium length.

Points 90 TW


Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Waxy floral aromas of rose petal and vanilla. Red cherry, redcurrant, cranberry, blueberry, tobacco, incense, fig, clove and rose hip. Extremely rich and scented entry. Spicy character with very soft berry fruits. Very quirky.

Points 87-89 TW

Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Pale ruby red in colour. Potent aromatics of rose petal, violet florals and cinnamon spice. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, damson, orange peel, menthol infused underbrush, mushroom, grilled rosemary and star anise. Cool entry. Compact. Intense. Full bodied. Very persistent to finish.

Points 91 TW


Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Subdued aromas of blue florals and rose petal. Red cherry, plum, pomegranate, orange peel, Mocha, liquorice and nutmeg. Agile and juicy. Medium bodied. Rounded tannins in league with zesty acidity. Great minerality that assists body texture. Has energy and is focused. Medium length on the close.

Points 91 TW



Castelli del Grevepesa

Clemente VII Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Dark blue florals vie with rose petals. Blackcurrant, blackberry, dark cherry, pomegranate, liquorice, menthol, sweet tobacco, mint and orange zest. Light and silky entry. Translucent and delicate. Finely sculpted. Long juicy finish.

Points 92 TW

Castelli del Grevepesa

Clemente VII Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Heady aromas of rose petal, dark blue and purple florals. Red cherry, plum, loganberry, camphor, mint, tobacco, nutmeg and clove. Cool entry showing energy and tension. Lightly textured. Forward tannins vie with zingy acidity. Restrained palate. Needs time.

Points 91 TW

Castelli del Grevepesa

Clemente VII Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal, violet florals and lavender. Bing cherry, pomegranate, baked plum, sweet scented tobacco, clove, dried mushroom, liquorice and citrus peel. Cool entry. Medium textural depth. Juicy. Agile. Briny minerals notes. Expands on the mid palate then tapers to a long close.

Points 92 TW



Castello di Albola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale garnet red in colour with ruby red undertones. Aromas of violet and lavender. Blackberry, blueberry, orange peel zest, white pepper, balsam and underbrush. Warm entry. Agile. Secondary notes of dried cherry and raspberry. Good weight. Well balanced. Slight toasted aftertaste.

Points 91 TW


Castello di Albola

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal, spice and espresso aromas. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, orange peel zest. Silky entry, expands quickly across the palate, light in texture. Showing depth and integrated tannins and pin point acidity. Soft curves. Medium length.

Points 92 TW


Castello di Albola

Santa Caterina Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour with bright highlights. Aromatics of rose petal, violet and hyacinth. Red cherry, crushed raspberry, red plum, slight blackcurrant and camphor notes. Humus, tobacco and exotic spice. Silky, juicy entry. Glorious breadth of flavour. Tannins dissolved into the wine. Pitch perfect acidity carries structure of textural depth and layered complex minerality. Terrific persistence. Would benefit from a little bottle age.

Points 96 TW


Castello di Albola

Il Solatio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour with garnet undertones. Blue florals vie with gardenia. Bing cherry, loganberry, camphor, tobacco, mocha and bitter orange peel. Suave and graceful. Tannins and acidity are on the final whirl of the dance floor, leaving a refined and balanced memory. Super intense display. Full of nuances and character. Best left at the back of the cellar.

Points 95 - 97 TW



Castello di Gabbiano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Very pale ruby red in colour. Reductive notes that need to blow off. Violet florals with gardenia. Red cherry, dark plum, tobacco, balsamic notes, and spiced orange peel. Cool entry. Very light in texture. Delicate but conveys a strong message. Tannins have disappeared. Edgy acidity carries the energy to a medium length finish.

Points 91 TW


Castello di Gabbiano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Needs plenty of aeration. Heady bouquet of violet, bluebell, hyacinth and dark Eastern spice. Bing cherry, pomegranate, damson, dewberry. Woody notes, liquorice, tar, humus and black tea. Somewhat restrained. Tapers coming off mid palate, then widens to a long juicy close.

Points 92 TW


Castello di Gabbiano

Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Heady aromatics of red rose petal, vanilla and gardenia. Bing cherry, baked plum, liquorice, tobacco, toasted herbal nuances. Cool entry. Balanced. Juicy. Savoury and yet a touch exotic. Loiters on the close. Very understated but compelling.

Points 93 TW



Castello di Meleto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Deep aromas of rose petal, violet and spiced black wild berries. Dark cherry, plum, blackberry, damson, blood orange, sage and black pepper. Rich and juicy entry, showing complex minerality with medium texture. Fine tannins fully engaged with fresh acidity. Pleasant progression to long finish.

Points 91 TW

Castello di Meleto

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Dusty florals of light blue petal and gardenia. Dried cherry, liquorice, plum, menthol infused herbal notes. Bitter orange peel. Smooth entry, citrusy character. Juicy and yet dry in texture.Tapers on the medium finish. Appealing and approachable.

Points 92 TW

Castello di Meleto

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale purple in colour. Aromatics of dark blue and purple florals. Black cherry, blackcurrant, dark plum, bitter citrus peel, sweet tobacco, clove and cinnamon. Some herbal notes. Expands rapidly across the palate showing a fine balance, lightly textured. Fresh, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Broad lingering close.

Points 92 TW


Castello La Leccia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of fresh cut spring flowers with violet. Blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, dark plum and pomegranate.Camphor, salty liquorice, blonde tobacco, balsamic notes. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Saline infused energy. Smooth and agile.Tapers on the back end, showing youthful tension.

Points 90 TW


Castello La Leccia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Dusty blue and purple flower aromatics. Red cherry, dewberry, baked plum, star anise, herbal nuances, balsam with a light dusting of dark spice. Silky entry. Precise. Medium bodied. Wafer thin translucent texture. Linear juicy close.

Points 91 TW


Castello La Leccia

Bruciagna Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with pink reflections. Heady aromas of rose petal, hyacinth, gardenia and sweet spiced black berry fruit. Blackcurrant, blackberry, boysenberry, star anise, menthol, cedar shavings and sweet tobacco. Cool silky entry, expands in all directions on the palate, pulsing with energy. Finish is succulent and lingers for minutes.

Points 94 TW




Castello Vicchiomaggio

Guado Alto Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Red florals and black berry fruit aromas. Blackcurrant, blueberry, wild strawberry, sweet tobacco, asphalt and dark spice. Silky smooth entry. Youthful fine tannins, fresh acidity, ripe fruit all surround a structure built on textural and mineral layers. Medium to full bodied. Broad juicy close.

Points 91 TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

La Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Dark ruby red in colour. Heady blue and purple florals. Blackberry, dewberry, dark plum, espresso bean aromas, star anise and bitter chocolate. Rich entry. Not a shy personality. Offers an iron fist in a velvet glove. Fully integrated and succulent. Broad, juicy articulated finish. Great showing.

Points 94 TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

Le Bolle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatics of violet, bluebell and gardenia. Bing cherry, plum, blackberry, loganberry, camphor, orange peel, damp earth with cedar notes. Intense and complex entry, showing all the fine hallmarks of this vintage. Balanced like a ballerina. Persistent. Tons of energy. Has poise with purpose. Long finish.

Points 95 TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

Agostino Petri Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Floral aromatics of violet, bluebell and lavender. Bing cherry, black, menthol infused herbal notes, underbrush and orange peel. Showing immediate balance, refreshing acidity, light yet polished. Juicy. Expressive complex minerality that assists structure. Medium length.

Points 91 TW



Colombaio di Cencio

Monticello Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Warm meadow flower aromas. Dark cherry, redcurrant, cranberry, blood orange, herbal notes. Medium bodied. Little inward. Approachable.

Points 88 TW


Colombaio di Cencio

Massi del Colombaio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Subdued floral aromas of violet and gardenia. Red cherry, redcurrant, damson, blonde tobacco and spice. Warm entry. Medium bodied. Light in texture. Sharp edge of sour acidity frames the palate. Slightly austere on the back end.

Points 88 TW


Colombaio di Cencio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Very pale ruby red in colour. Transparent aromas of blue florals. Bing cherry, blood orange, menthol infused floral underbrush and bitter citrus peel. Light in texture. Juicy. Showing youthful intensity. Tapers slightly on the close.

Points 89 TW


Dievole

Petrignano Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Very pale ruby red in colour. Dusty blue florals. Red cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, orange zest, star anise, cedar shavings, tobacco and balsam. Intense minerality banding. Juicy. Broad on palate, then tapers to the finish.

Points 92 TW


Dievole

30 Vendemmie Novecento Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady aroma mixture of red and dark blue florals. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, plum, sweet tobacco, blood orange, bitter citrus rind. Cool entry. Juicy. Plush. Fine tannins and pin point acidity. Relaxed progression. Vegetal puffs on the close.

Points 93 TW


Dievole

Vigna Sessina Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of spring florals. Red cherry, dark plum, pomegranate, loganberry, orange peel, warm earth and red liquorice. Showing opulence. Balanced. In total harmony. Soft textures. Compelling. Hauntingly long finish. Great showing.

Points 94 TW



Fattoria La Ripa

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale garnet red in colour. Warm rose petal, wild red berry and myrtle aromatics. Bing cherry, liquorice, leather, white smoke, sweet tobacco and baking spice. Medium bodied. Long, focused and youthful. Juicy. Savoury.

Points 91 TW


Fattoria La Ripa

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Pale pink petal and gardenia florals. Dark berry fruit, nutmeg, cedar shavings, orange peel, liquorice and floral underbrush. Medium bodied. Delivers a delicate, clean, crisp mouthfeel. Slight citrusy character. Long finish.

Points 92 TW



Fattoria Montecchio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of red florals and blackberry fruit. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, menthol and star anise. Cool entry. Light in texture but full of weighty flavour. Balanced. Citrus edge keeps freshness in place. Good energy. Nicely done.

Points 92 TW


Fattoria Montecchio

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with pink highlights. Red rose petal, violet and hyacinth aromatics. Dark cherry, pomegranate, plum and loganberry. Salty liquorice, bitter citrus peel and dried herbal notes. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Bright and elegant. Showing a layered complex band to texture and minerality. Broadens from mid palate to the close.

Points 93 TW


Fattoria Montecchio

Primum Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Palest ruby red in colour with garnet undertones. Aromatics of violet, bluebell and dried lavender. Blackberry, blueberry, dewberry, asphalt, crushed rock, balsam, ginger root and a dark spice tray. Medium bodied. Juicy. Zesty acidity. A lighter texture style in evidence.

Points 92 TW


Fattoria Montecchio

Primum Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with pink highlights. Dark rose petal and violet floral aromatics. Blackcurrant, plum, damson, pomegranate, star anise, blonde tobacco with clove. Delicate entry, citrusy character with a line of saline energy. Broadens after mid palate to a long close.

Points 91 - 93 TW



Fontodi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Violet florals. Blueberry, dark plum, wild strawberry, damp forest floor, tar, black tea and star anise. Secondary nuances of bingcherry, Kirsch and vanilla. Juicy, clean and fresh mouthfeel. Compact and linear. Broad finish.

Points 92 TW


Fontodi

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Delicate spring floral aromas. Dark cherry, pomegranate, red plum, blonde tobacco with dark spice. Warm entry, coats the palate with silky tannins and fresh acidity. Textural depth brings layered minerality. Terrific intensity and persistence. Gives layers of pleasure.

Points 96 TW


Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Potent aromas of violet and hyacinth florals, wild red berries and humus.Dried cherry, redcurrant, dewberry, clove, herbal notes, bitter citrus peel and sweet tobacco. Warm and silky entry, tip toes across the palate bringing saline infused energy. Fine tannins and mellow fresh acidity play second fiddle to meticulous fruit selection. Juicy. Precise. Graceful. Tapers from mid palate to a long finish. Beautifully put together.

Points 92 TW


Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium purple in colour. Rich red rose petal aromas underpinned with violet and gardenia florals. Blackcurrant, blackberry, damson, dark plum, liquorice, blood orange, sage, nutmeg and black pepper. Cool entry, immediately saturates the palate. Light in texture. Crushed rock minerality. Juicy. Persistent. Articulated long finish.

Points 93 TW


Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano Rialzi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Intense ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Potent aromatics of rose petal and dark blue florals. Dried red cherry, wild strawberry, blackberry, blonde tobacco, liquorice, roasted coffee bean aromas, graphite and bitter orange peel. Lifts as it spreads across the mid palate showing textural depth and sophistication. Complex minerality vie with rounded tannins and zesty acidity. Epic primary flavours. Broad, juicy and long in its conclusion.

Points 95 TW



Gagliole

Rubiolo Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Needed aeration. Super concentrated and heady bouquet of blue florals, wild black berry fruit and myrtle. Black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, new leather, star anise, cedar shavings and candid orange peel. So open and expressive. Plenty of verve. Acidity and tannins on their last whirl round the dance floor. Articulated finish

Points 92 TW


Gagliole

Gallule Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Elegant floral and black berry aromas entice you to indulge in the rich, seductive wine of impact. Black cherry, dark plum, damson, myrtle, liquorice and blackcurrant jam. Remarkable finesse for such a dense powerful body. Savoury and earthy. Full of nuances and character. Wow!

Points 96 TW




Geografico

Terziere di Tramontano Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Very pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of dusty dark blue and purple florals. Bing cherry, pomegranate, dark plum, citrus peel and a light dusting of dark spice. Smooth and agile on entry. Medium bodied. Youthful tannins and acidity need to evolve and relax. House style of the 2020 vintage shows these wines benefit from bottle age.

Points 89 - 91 TW


Geografico

Terziere di Levante Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Very pale ruby red in colour. Red and dark purple florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, goji berry, crushed raspberry, orange peel, star anise and mint. Silky entry. Fresh youthful acidity. Crushed rock minerality. A little subdued at first, opens at glacier speed. Needs time to come together and flush out its nuances and character, but shows promise.

Points 90 - 92 TW


Geografico

Terziere di Ponente Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Very pale ruby red in colour. Rose petal aromas with gardenia. Red cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, orange peel, herbal notes. Cool entry. Crunchy tannins vie with zesty acidity. Has not yet come together. Feels disjointed from mid palate.

Points 86 TW


Geografico

Contessa di Radda Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromatics of old English red rose and tea tree oil. Blackberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry, wild strawberry, liquorice, sweet scented tobacco and dried fig. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Lightly textured. Lacks weight to conclude linear follow through to close.

Points 88 TW


Il Palagio di Panzano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Intense pale ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatic display of red rose florals, spice and red berry.Redcurrant, raspberry, boysenberry, camphor, liquorice and orange peel. Cool entry. Juicy. Layered core fruit. Lightly textured. Medium bodied. Vibrant linear close.

Points 92 TW


Il Palagio di Panzano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017

Medium ruby red in colour. Red rose petal and violet florals. Black cherry, boysenberry, tobacco, liquorice, spice and menthol. Medium bodied. Lightly textured. Balanced. Succulent. Sour notes on the finish assist the fresh mouthfeel.

Points 92 TW



Isole e Olena

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Potent aromas of black rose petal with added dark blue florals. Red cherry, baked red plum, redcurrant and dewberry, blonde tobacco, sage, distant sightings of orange peel, balsam and liquorice. Warm entry, quickly followed by a lightweight senses explosion across the palate, incorporating textural depth, engaging minerality, tannins that are dusty but compact, and fresh acidity. Balanced to perfection. Exotic beauty. Total terroir DNA. Bright and translucent. Wow.

Points 96 TW


Isole e Olena

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet florals, black fruits and. Scented spice. Blackberry, blackcurrant, loganberry, sweet tobacco, asphalt, bitter orange peel, cedar and Eastern spice tray. Jet propelled rush to the senses on entry, absorbing display of fruit, spice, minerality complexity, texture and depth. Full bodied, but totally relaxed, elegant and refined. Tannins have all but dissolved, the fresh acidity still in play assist to give a lifted freshness to the rich body. A liquid pleasure bomb!

Points 98+ TW


Isole e Olena

Cepparello IGT 2019 *

Ruby red in colour with pale purple reflections. Pale rose petal, violet, lavender and hyacinth complete the floral introduction. Blackberry, blackcurrant, loganberry, Kirsch infused sour cherry. Notes of dark scented spice and incense. Espresso aromas. Floral underbrush. Silky and elegant upon entry. Balanced like a coin on a Rolls Royce engine. Signs of crunchy tannins and rapier acidity are a shadow of their former self. Secondary nuances of cedar shavings and marjoram. Full of energy. Some may say flirtatious. Hauntingly long and appealing. A liquid triumph!

Points 98 TW

* N.B. Although this wine is an IGT, I have included it within the Chianti Classico Collection review because apart from being an extraordinarily outstanding wine, it defines perfectly “terroir led“ Sangiovese in this Chianti Classico region.



Istine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Blue florals of violet and Iris. Dark cherry, plum, redcurrant, orange peel, herbal nuances, tobacco, worn leather and dry forest floor leaves. Lightly weighted entry. Very lean.Tart notes overtake the mid palate. Short on the close.

Points 87 TW


Istine

Le Vigne Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Heady floral canopy of blue flowers and lavender. Blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, orange peel, nutmeg, dusting of dark spice, camphor and grilled Mediterranean herbs. Saline infused energy. Finely grained tannins. Silky texture wrapped around solid core fruit. Not as powerful as previous efforts. But still with considerable appeal.

Points 95 TW



La Montanina

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of spring cut flowers. Red cherry, loganberry, star anise, spiced orange peel, cedar shavings and black pepper. Medium bodied. Fresh acidity vie with crunchy tannins. Youthful and agile. Layered expressive mouthfeel. Long savoury finish.

Points 92 TW


La Montanina

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Palest of ruby red in colour. Intriguing complex bouquet of rose petal, buttercup and gardenia. Bing cherry, blood orange, myrtle, liquorice and forests floor. Medium bodied. Has a natural richness that envelopes the palate. Tangy acids cling to textural depth and layered minerality. Has plenty of verve.

Points 93+ TW



La Sala del Torriano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Florals of violet and bluebell. Bing cherry, blackberry, damson, plum, liquorice, tobacco, asphalt and bitter citrus peel. Full of character. Notes of crushed terracotta tile. A complex web of acidity and minerality. Plush tannins. Delivers beautifully.

Points 93 TW


La Sala del Torriano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of violet florals, hyacinth and gardenia. Dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, camphor nuances, citrus peel and star anise. Cool entry. Enveloping the palate. Complex minerality. Vivid acidity. Exotic flair. Tons of energy. Broad long conclusion.

Points 93 TW


La Sala del Torriano

Il Torriano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

A shade under medium ruby red in colour. Robust aromas of rose petal, blue and purple florals. Bing cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, balsam, liquorice and menthol infused herbal notes. Clove and cinnamon play a part. Entry showing light texture, broadens slowly across min palate. Fresh acidity and plush tannins in evidence, along with saline infused energy. Articulated medium length close.

Points 94 TW



Le Cinciole

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with pink highlights. Blue florals of violet, bluebell and lavender. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum, liquorice, camphor and underbrush. Sweet scented herbal display. Tannins dissolved into the wine, leaving fresh acidity to carry rich body. Has a serious nature. Great energy. Broad shoulders. Distinctive wine.

Points 93 TW


Le Cinciole

Aluigi Campo ai Peri Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Elegant bouquet of violet, lavender and gardenia. Rich and warm, showing red and black wild berries, balsam, star anise, cedar, tobacco and fresh herbal nuances. Shows elegance and reserved power. Agile with great length.

Points 94 TW



Le Fonti

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour with pink undertones. Delicate florals of violet, bluebell and lavender. Bing cherry, pomegranate, dark plum, and boysenberry. Blonde tobacco and a light dusting of dark spice. Cool entry, then immediately seduces the palate, showing a distinctive spice profile, held aloft by a saline line of energy, both woven together beautifully. Top of the palate has a dry mineral edge. Medium length to the finish

Points 92 TW


Le Fonti

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale purple in colour with bright pink highlights. Heady bouquet of blue florals, spice and blackberry. Dark cherry, plum, redcurrant, blonde tobacco and camphor. Silky entry showing breadth of flavour. Vanilla aromatics. Exotic beauty. Stunning wine . Bright and translucent. Broad long juicy close. Wow.

Points 95 TW


Le Fonti

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium purple in colour. Violet florals and honeysuckle aromas. Red and black wild berries. Blood orange, patchouli, liquorice root, Eastern dark spice tray. Complex slate influenced minerality. Silky entry, primary flavours abound. Textural depth. Broad shoulders. Juicy. Compact and linear. Articulated on the close with good length.

Points 93 TW



Leonardo Manetti

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Pink rose petal and nasturtium florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum, liquorice, notes of tobacco and humus. Boisterous and expressive. Juicy. Savoury. Pin point balance. Long close.

Points 93 TW



Lilliano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of crushed violet florals blackcurrant, Morello cherry and clove. Red and black wild berry fruits. Red cherry, loganberry, pomegranate, liquorice, balsam, bitter citrus peel. Warm entry, inviting and lush. Silky textures. Juicy and broad progression to the close. Good showing.

Points 91 TW


Lilliano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of black rose petal, violet and tea tree. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dried cherry, tar, blonde tobacco, blood orange, slate, dusting of mild sweet spice. Citrusy character. Fine tannins fully engaged with zesty acidity. A little short on the close.

Points 90 TW


Lilliano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Florals of hyacinth, violet and bluebell. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum, Mocha, overtones of menthol, cedar shavings, exotic spice and citrus peel. Balanced. Elegant. Sculpted body. Freshness that gives suppleness. Juicy. Leaves a glorious mouthfeel. Long finish.

Points 93 TW



Maurizio Alongi

Vigna Barbischio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour. Red rose petal and violet florals.Red cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blood orange, damp forest floor and white pepper. Cool entry expands nicely over the mid palate showing ripe fruit core. Integrated tannins. Juicy. Has an elegant poise about itself. Long broad close.

Points 92+ TW



Mazzei

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, lavender and violet. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, boysenberry, salty liquorice, damp forest floor. Medium bodied. Intensity of ripe fruit coats your palate. Youthful tension with tannins and acidity still progressing. Refreshing citrus peel note on the back end.

Points 92 TW


Mazzei

Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Palest of ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, iris and hyacinth.Red cherry, pomegranate, sweet tobacco, blood orange with a puff of camphor. Very elegant body. Agile with great length. Compact. Persistent. Contain natural richness and energy.

Points 93 TW


Mazzei

Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Blue and white florals. Bing cherry, blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, liquorice, slight notes of camphor, white smoke and bitter citrus peel. Edgy, still youthful. Fresh acidity sustains its rich body. Broad, medium finish.

Points 93 TW


Mazzei

Castello di Fonterutoli Vicoregio 36 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Ruby red in colour. Wild meadow florals underpinned with violet and bluebell. Dark cherry, plum, rhubarb, dewberry, exotic spice and cedar shavings. Elegant entry. Plush and lavish. Seamless. Savoury. Persistent with a linear long conclusion.

Points 94 TW


Mazzei

Castello di Fonterutoli Badiola Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. A lifted bouquet of blue florals, red and black wild berries, dusted with a coating of dark cake spice, deliver the aromatics. Wild forest berries, orange peel, blonde tobacco and long grain black pepper. Silky entry. Absorbing display of berry fruit, rounded tannins and a line of fresh acidity. Superabundance of energy, textural depth and primary flavours. Lingers on the finish

Points 95 TW



Melini

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Palest of ruby red in colour. Aromas of crushed red rose petal and violet florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum, star anise, balsamic notes and dark Eastern spice. Silky entry, graceful with poise. Light in texture. Youthful tannin and acidity expression. Tapers to a juicy, medium length finish.

Points 90 TW


Melini

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red and blue florals. Bing cherry, pomegranate, bitter citrus peel, tobacco, floral underbrush and warm liquorice. Cool entry. Juicy. Soft contours. Balanced. Rounded tannins and citrus edged acidity.

Points 91 TW


Melini

Vigneti La Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet and dried lavender. Blackberry, blackcurrant, plum, star anise, tar and balsam. The palate is totally saturated on entry, with rich, juicy volume and generous width. Finely grained tannins in step with zingy acidity assist the fresh quality on show. Broad lingering close.

Points 93 TW


Melini - Fattorie Melini

Granaio Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour with bright pink undertones. Rich bouquet of violet, bluebell and hyacinth. Red cherry, plum, damson, blood orange, menthol infused herbal notes, mandarin peel, tobacco notes. Very juicy entry with light texture. Very appealing. A wine that insists on attention. Fabulous mouthfeel.

Points 94 TW



Montecalvi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour. Pink rose petal and hibiscus aromas. Dark cherry, blueberry, plum, forest floor, mint, a puff of white balsamic notes. Dry stone minerality. Soft and mellow entry, lightly textured. Agile and linear. Delicate. Subtle. Long on the close.

Points 92 TW


Montecalvi

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Palest ruby red in colour. Stunning florals of violet, bluebell and hyacinth. Dark cherry, damson, plum, dewberry with a dusting of dark Eastern spice and tree bark.Elegant, light and rounded entry. Floats across the palate. Slightly exotic and racy. Articulate juicy close.

Points 93 TW



Montefioralle

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale bordering on medium ruby red in colour. Purple florals. Blackberry, blackcurrant, pipe tobacco, orange peel, herbal notes and a puff of light balsam. Medium bodied, light in texture. Crushed stone minerality. Broad and long. Showing youthful tension.

Points 91 TW


Montefioralle

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Red florals and spice aromatics. Blackberry, blackcurrant, humus, liquorice, grilled meat, tar and black tea. A little subdued. Partially closed, yet showing enormous promise in years to come. Flint and lead pencil notes coming off back end. Fine tannins and mellow acidity bring a fresh nature to a delicate and shy personality.

Points 93 - 95 TW



Panzanello

1427 Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Crushed meadow flower aromas.Red cherry, redcurrant, goji berry, blood orange, star anise, clove, nutmeg, camphor, dried Mediterranean herbs. Cool entry. Balanced. Great energy. Persistent and linear. Clarity with precision. Broad long close.

Points 93 TW


Panzanello

1427 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Dark blue florals. Black cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, liquorice, leather, grilled rosemary and spice tray. Balsamic nuances. Warm entry. Juicy and broad. Solid core of black fruit drive the energy, with assistance from zesty acidity and crunchy tannins. Leaving the palate fresh. Overall mouthfeel is of a very appealing sweet scented vibe.

Points 93 TW



Podere Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale garnet red in colour. A bouquet of waxy red florals and spiced blackberry fruit. Bing cherry, candied orange peel, cocoa and vanilla bean. Very light entry. Just enough body to follow through. Unusual character.

Points 89 TW



Poggio Torselli

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of crushed old English red rose petal and violet florals, citrus rind and blackberry fruit. Blackcurrant, blueberry, strawberry with green top, star anise, asphalt and souchong tea. Silky smooth entry, expands across mid palate exposing mineral complexity and textural awareness. Compact, bright and juicy. A finish that lingers.

Points 92 TW


Poggio Torselli

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Intense perfumed aromas of blue florals including dried lavender. Red cherry, pomegranate, tobacco, star anise and clove. Savoury and earthy. Cool entry. Very lightly weighted. A little tense.

Points 88 TW


Poggio Torselli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Subdued aromas of meadow florals. Red and black berry fruit, plum, bitter citrus peel, humus, toasted aftertaste. Woody notes. Layered minerality. Saline infused energy. Walter Mitty character.

Points 89 - 91 TW



Quercia Al Poggio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Blue and purple floral aromas. Red cherry, baked plum, pomegranate, liquorice, nutmeg, cedar, eucalyptus and spiced orange peel. Medium bodied. Lightly textured. Youthful with crunchy tannins and vivid acidity. Medium length.

Points 89 TW


Quercia Al Poggio

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale garnet red in colour. Dark cherry, raspberry, damson, blood orange, sage, humus, liquorice and myrtle. Cool entry. Agile. Fresh. Kirsch after taste.

Points 89 TW



Querciabella

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Bright ruby red in colour. Aromatics of pink rose petal and cut stem.Bing cherry, loganberry, clove notes, grilled herbs, pomegranate, orange peel, dried tobacco and slate minerality. Refreshing acidity. Mellow entry. A charming and pretty wine. Hopefully given some bottle age it will flush out and add a little more body.

Points 90-92 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour with pink undertones. Delicate aromas of dusty pink rose petal, violet and gardenia florals. Bing cherry, loganberry, wild strawberry, camphor, salty liquorice, floral underbrush, a puff of dark spice. Silky entry, showing concentrated ripeness of fruit. Light in texture.The mid palate feels lifted and sophisticated. Has a distinctive Sangiovese character. Loiters on the close. Wow.

Points 96 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. A delicate an refined nose of freshly cut meadow flowers. Red cherry, strawberry with green top, dewberry, star anise, a melange of spiced orange peel, sweet tobacco and cinnamon. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Rich yet delicate. Coats the palate in the thinnest of microns. A brushstroke of juicy texture. Broad long articulated close. Outstanding.

Points 95 TW



Ricasoli 1141

Brolio Bettino Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Aromatics of dark blue florals. Red cherry, red plum, blood orange, liquorice, worn leather and lead pencil minerality. Silky entry. Very approachable.Tannins and acidity fully woven. Slight citrusy character coming off back end. Ready to go.

Points 91 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Light blue florals with green stem. Dark cherry, blackberry, dewberry, crushed rock and sweet tobacco. Cool entry, saturates the palate with ripe fruit with a tangy edge. Tapers off mid palate with a medium length finish.

Points 90 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Very pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of rose petal and gardenia. Red and black wild berries, menthol infused herbal notes, dark spice, cedar shavings and blonde tobacco. Rich entry with refreshing acidity. Plump and persistent. Fruit just packed in. Vanilla nuances on the medium length close.

Points 91 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Palest ruby red in colour with pink undertones. Aromas of violet, bluebell and white flowers.Dark cherry, damson, baked plum, Mocha, salty liquorice, bitter citrus notes and pomegranate. Cool entry. Solid structure. Multi dimensional. A little tense. Medium length. Needs bottle age.

Points 90 - 92 TW



Ricasoli 1141

Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of rose petal, blackberry, camphor and star anise. Blackcurrant, loganberry, blood orange, mentholated herbal notes. Rich and concentrated on entry. A chasm of textural depth. Slate minerality. Intense display of Sangiovese. Tapers after mid palate to a medium length finish.

Points 95 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Roncicone Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Pale red and light blue florals. Bing cherry, blackberry, star anise, orange peel, cedar shavings. Medium bodied yet commands graceful power. Refreshing acidity. Seamless and unwavering linearity. Compact minerality. Polished with delicate and light textural mouthfeel.

Points 96 TW


Ricasoli 1141

CeniPrimo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Lifted floral notes of gardenia and old English red rose petal. Red cherry, raspberry, liquorice, bitter citrus peel, mint, dark spice and balsam. Cool entry. Light texture, almost translucent. Extremely long and flavourful.

Points 95 TW



Riecine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. A mixture of red and purple floral aromatics. Red cherry, plum, raspberry, pomegranate, orange peel, herbal notes, liquorice and sweet spice. Cool entry. Layered with complex minerality. Balanced. Very forward for 2021 vintage. Agile and lightly textured. Broad on the close. Interesting.

Points 93 TW


Riecine

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour with ruby red undertones. Blue and white floral canopy. Red cherry, blackcurrant, plum, damson, pomegranate, liquorice and menthol infused herbs. Cool entry. Lightly textured. Agile.Youthful. A little nervous now, but will relax and flush out.

Broad, juicy long finish.

Points 92 - 94 TW



Rietine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Medium to deep ruby red in colour. Rose petal, violet, and lavender aromas. Red cherry, red plum, pomegranate, crushed raspberry, menthol infused herbal notes, spice and Blonde tobacco. Cool entry. Zesty acidity frames this wine and brings a fresh intensity to the proceedings. Slight smoky sensation coming off mid palate. Compelling.

Points 94 TW


Rietine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2017

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady mixture of dark florals and vegetal aromas. Red cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, blood orange, iodine and black tea. Warm silky entry. Berry character. Juicy. Full of layered, lightly textured flavour. Quirky.

Points 92 TW


Rietine

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromatics of blackberry fruit and red petal florals. Ripe red cherry, blackcurrant, plum, dark Eastern spice, orange peel, sage and rosemary.

Full bodied. Superabundance of fruit aromas vie with crushed rock minerality. Great structure and weight. Saturates the palate. Medium length on the finish.

Points 92 TW



Rocca delle Macie

Tenuta Sant’Alfonso Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of red rose petal, gardenia, myrtle and camphor. Bing cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, white smoke, tobacco, orange peel and bitter citrus peel. Warm entry. Light in texture. Linear. Tapers on the back end to a mellow conclusion.

Points 90 TW


Rocca delle Macie

Sergioveto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Blue florals of violet, lavender and hyacinth. Red cherry, plum, liquorice, blood orange, sea pebble minerality. Fruit packed in. Silky smooth entry. Savoury. Juicy. Layered. Good showing.

Points 91 TW

Rocca delle Macie

Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour. Pink rose petal, violet and gardenia florals. Red cherry, plum, orange zest, camphor, cedar shavings, sweet tobacco and Eastern dark spice. Cool entry. Vivid acidity. Fine tannins. Ethereal quality.

Points 92 TW



Rocca di Castagnoli

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Inviting bouquet of rose petal, violet and spice aromas. Bing cherry, blackberry, dark plum, liquorice, menthol, leather and tobacco. Elegant silky entry. Medium textured depth accompanied by complex layered minerality. Slightly exotic. Has considerable appeal. Linear close.

Points 92 TW


Rocca di Castagnoli

Poggio A’ Frati Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Warm deep aromatics of purple and dark blue florals. Red cherry, dewberry, baked plum, blueberry, orange peel, salty liquorice and a puff of white smoke. Cool entry. Flamboyant. Savoury and earthy. Broad juicy close.

Points 93 TW


Rocca di Castagnoli

Stielle Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Bright ruby red in colour. Aromas of blue florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, crushed raspberry, blood orange and liquorice. Silky soft entry, just coats the palate with a rich, plump, juicy mouthfeel. Slight bitter citrus rind on the close, lifts the freshness.

Points 93 TW



Rocca di Montegrossi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep Purple in colour. Violet, lavender and gardenia florals. Blackcurrant, blackberry, rhubarb, star anise, new leather and mint. Secondary notes of dewberry and soft black liquorice. Cool entry. Saline infused energy. Elegant body. Slight tension yet supple.Terroir led. Stunning textural richness. Loiters on the close.

Points 94 TW


Rocca di Montegrossi

San Marcellino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018

Medium purple in colour. Heady bouquet of violet florals dusted with dark Eastern spice. Bing cherry, pomegranate, boysenberry, tobacco, tar, star anise and Mocha. Expansive on mid palate at a glacial pace. Secondary nuances of smoke and grilled herbs. Has plenty of residual tannin tension.Complex minerality. Needs time to relax and flush out further nuances.

Points 93+ TW



San Felice

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Floral aromas of dusty violet, dried lavender and gardenia. Black cherry, blackberry, damson, spice, tobacco, clove, sage, dark chocolate. Silky on palate. Soft textures. Balanced. Integrated rounded tannins and acidity. Medium bodied. Juicy. Equal amounts of energy and tension. Has drive. Linear close.

Points 89 TW

San Felice

Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Rose petal and gardenia floral aromatics. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum, pomegranate, liquorice, vanilla, Kirsch, orange peel, tobacco and a dusting of dark spice. Intense. Full bodied and yet light textured. A touch racy. Overtones of a mineral led citrusy character. Medium length on the close.

Points 91 TW

San Felice

Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromatics of dark purple and blue florals. Black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, star anise, balsam, tar, tobacco, orange peel. Brooding and muscular. Intense. Compact. Persistent. Juicy. Plenty to say for itself. Boisterous and super expressive. Balanced with gravitas.

Points 94 TW



Santo Stefano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet florals, lavender and gardenia. Red cherry, damson, red plum, menthol infused herbal notes, liquorice and sweet tobacco. Silky smooth entry. Expansive and expressive. Rounded tannins vie with mineral infused acidity. Youthful. Tapers off mid palate to a long close.

Points 90 TW


Santo Stefano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Rich and heady bouquet of dark blue and purple florals with a light dusting of vanilla. Black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice, blonde tobacco and orange peel. Cool entry. Light in texture. Persistent. Juicy. Graphite minerality. Forward tannins team up with rapier acidity to form a structure in which fruit and all other nuances hang from. Slight oaky vanilla notes on the close.

Points 91 TW

Santo Stefano

DrugoChianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Lifted elegant aromatics of rose petal, hyacinth and lavender, with crushed wild black berries. Bing cherry, sweet tobacco, loganberry, bitter citrus peel and cedar shavings. Delicate entry. Juicy. Beautifully balanced. Complex minerality leading fine tannins and zingy acidity. Linear. Broadens on the mid palate showing textural depth, then tapers to an articulated finish with a fresh mouthfeel.

Points 92 TW



Tenuta Casenuove

Chianti Classico DOCD 2020

Pale purple in colour. Dark blue florals. Red cherry, wild strawberry, crushed raspberry, damp forest floor, pomegranate. Secondary notes of clove and mint. Graphite minerality. Medium bodied. Dusty tannins and zingy acidity. Slight dry tension coming to the mouthfeel after the finish.

Points 90 TW


Tenuta Casenuove

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Heady bouquet of meadow flowers. Blackcurrant, plum, blueberry, loganberry, spiced herbal notes, black tea. New leather and camphor. Cool entry, showing core black fruit, crunchy tannins and vivid acidity. Savoury and exotic.Wave after wave of persistent primary flavours on the close. Still very young.

Points 92 - 94 TW



Tenuta di Arceno

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of warm violet florals, lavender and hyacinth. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, dewberry, blood orange, baked plum, cedar shavings, asphalt and dark Eastern spice. Warm and inviting upon entry, shows elegance and poise from start to finish. Exotic and compelling. Good showing.

Points 92+ TW

Tenuta di Arceno

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Red rose petal, violet, camphor and dried cherry line up on the aromatics. Dark plum, wild black berry fruit, dewberry, liquorice, tobacco orange peel, black olive and nutmeg. Great display of woven fruit, minerals, acidity and texture.Tannins and acidity are balanced. Delivers well. Tight but polished.

Points 93 TW


Tenuta di Arceno

Strada al Sasso Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of violet, Iris and hyacinth. Bing cherry, baked plum, pomegranate, orange peel, balsam, incense and star anise. Rich and smooth entry. Stunning energy. Makes a deep impression on the mid palate then broadens. Has a layered intensity. Terrific balance. Compact. Long close.

Points 93+ TW



Tenuta di Nozzole - Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari

Nozzole Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of pink rose petal, violet and gardenia. Bing cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, camphor, liquorice, sage and dark chocolate. Delicate and silky entry. Showing depth and balance. Juicy and mineral rich. Vibrant with a broad finish.

Points 92+ TW


Tenuta di Nozzole - Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari

La Forra Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with pink undertones. Red and dark purple florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, baked plum, dewberry, star anise, orange peel. Rich mineral influenced silky entry. Mineral depth is astonishing. Fresh. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. Balanced like a ballerina. Long juicy finish.

Points 94 TW


Tenuta di Nozzole - Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari

Giovanni Folonari Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

Medium purple in colour. Aromatics of crushed violet petal, dried lavender and gardenia. Bing cherry, plum, loganberry, orange peel, star anise and black tea. Slight balsamic notes. Silky entry. This is all about fruit selection and quality, that surrounds a mineral core.Tannins have done their work and disappeared. Fresh acidity keeps the energy pulsating. In total harmony. Wonderful showing.

Points 95 TW



Tenuta San Vincenti

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of sweet scented spice, violet florals and liquorice. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, blood orange, clove, balsam and herbal notes. Savoury. Tannin tension leaves dry mouthfeel. Could benefit from a better balance with more acidity.

Points 88 TW


Tenuta San Vincenti

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of violet florals and lavender. Red cherry, plum, pomegranate, liquorice, spice, orange peel. Cool entry. Light in texture. Delicate. Light on its feet. Reticent. Tense. Good length on the finale.

Points 89 TW



Terre di Melazzano

Chi Andrè Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour with garnet undertones. Pink rose petal and gardenia florals. Dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, balsam, star anise and orange peel zest. Delicate and refined entry. Zesty acidity with crunchy tannins are evidence of youth. Needs time to relax and come together. Showing great promise.

Points 91 - 93 TW


Terre di Melazzano

Cantinato Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of dark blue florals and black berry fruits. Black cherry, blackcurrant, dark plum, spiced orange peel, liquorice, clove and cinnamon. Finely formed, showing balance, poise and elegance. Contains a wide breadth of flavours. Great resonance. Alluring.

Points 93 TW


Terre di Melazzano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium ruby red in colour. Red and purple florals vie with wild berry fruits on the nose.

Blackberry, blueberry, plum, damson, sweet scented tobacco, orange peel and vanilla notes, balsam and clove. Cool entry, fruit packed in. Natural richness. Slate minerals working with citrus infused acidity lifts the palate. Plenty of verve. Not a shy personality. Great showing.

Points 93+ TW



Terreno

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Red rose petal and gardenia florals. Bing cherry, plum, pomegranate, camphor, liquorice, orange peel and walnut shell. Cool entry. Agile and lightly textured. Medium bodied. A line of nervous acidity will relax and weave into fine tannins. Good length.

Points 90 TW


Terreno

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Fine and delicate floral aromas. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, boysenberry, liquorice, myrtle, damp forest floor and nutmeg. Cool fresh entry. Integrated tannins with fresh acidity. Savoury and earthy. Medium length on finish.

Points 91 TW



Valiano

Poggio Teo Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Violet florals. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, dark plum, liquorice, blood orange, tar, sweet tobacco, floral underbrush and black tea. Silky entry. Complex slate led minerality. Light in texture. Medium bodied. Juicy. Tapers on the back end to a long finish.

Points 90 TW

Valiano

Poggio Teo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Bright medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of daffodil and spring cut flowers. Red cherry, plum, blackcurrant jam, blood orange, baking spice, star anise, sweet tobacco and mint. Medium bodied. Savoury.Tangy acidity assist freshness. Juicy. Layered minerality. Long and flavourful.

Points 93 TW



Valiano

San Lazzaro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Blue florals of violet with gardenia. Red cherry, dark plum, pomegranate, fresh herbal notes and clove. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Crushed stone minerality. Rounded texture. Long clean fresh finish.

Points 91 TW




Vecchie terre di Montefili

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Medium purple in colour with ruby red undertones. Heady bouquet of hyacinth, red rose petals and dark blue florals. Blackcurrant, dark plum, vanilla nuances, clove, cinnamon and dry forest floor. Sea pebble minerality. Cool entry immediately showing textural depth. Fine tannins and zesty acidity. Youthful and not fully woven and relaxed. Needs time.

Points 91- 93 TW

Vecchie Terrre di Montefili

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, crushed blackberry and candid orange peel present in the aromatics. Black berry fruits predominate, star anise, cedar, grilled herbal notes. A touch under full bodied.The mouthfeel is flirtatious, and it’s racy in its character. Primary flavours abound. Secondary nuances of meat, tar and liquorice. It just keeps on giving. Tapers slightly on the close, but the energy keeps on pulsating.

Points 94 TW



Vignamaggio

Terre di Prenzano Chianti Classico DOCG2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of red and dark blue florals. Dark cherry, plum, orange peel, cedar, new leather and herbal notes. Fresh, clean mouthfeel, with a minty an citrusy character. Juicy. Persistent. Linear close.

Points 91 TW


Vignamaggio

Gherardino Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Dark blue and purple florals. Blackberry, blackcurrant, camphor, bitter orange peel, star anise, tobacco, cedar shavings and Kirsch. Cool entry. Elegant body. Great weight. Very persistent finish.

Points 93 TW


Vignamaggio

Monna Lisa Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, lavender and hyacinth. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, blackberry, mint, liquorice, baking spice, incense and asphalt. Secondary nuances of candied orange peel and vanilla. Cool entry. Lightly textured. Saline infused energy. Linear, juicy finish.

Points 93 TW



Vignole

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. A potent mixture of red and dark blue florals act as an introduction. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, damson, liquorice, cedar shavings and herbal nuances. Cool entry. Minty character. Balanced. Exotic and yet Savoury. Broad juicy close.

Points 91 TW


Vignole

Crespine Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Purple florals vie with white flowers and crushed blackberry.

Blackberry fruit predominant underpinned with blood orange, candied spice, sweet tobacco, cedar shavings and black tea. Suave and delicate. So light in texture as to be almost undetectable. Expected finesse but unexpected long, juicy finish.

Points 94 TW


Vignole

Campicaia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. A quirky mixture of violet florals, crushed mint and liquorice complete the aromatics. Dark cherry, camphor, pomegranate, wild strawberry, dry forest floor leaves and spiced orange peel. Cool entry. Light in texture.Well weighted. Extremely long and flavourful.

Points 92 TW



Villa a Sesta

Il Palei Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour with pink highlights. Aromas of red rose petal and dark berry fruit. Black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, balsam, liquorice, dark chocolate, orange zest and floral underbrush. Cool entry. Light in texture. Berry character. Rounded tannins vie with fresh acidity. Broad long juicy finish. Good showing.

Points 92+ TW


Villa a Sesta

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Dark blue and purple floral aromatics.

Blackcurrant, blackberry, blood orange, camphor, liquorice root, sweet scented spice. Balanced and juicy entry. Lightly textured. Good progression to a long finish.

Points 91 TW


Villa a Sesta

Solleone Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. A mixture of violet and pink rose petal aromas.Bing cherry, white plum, loganberry, cinnamon stick, bitter citrus peel, tar, sweet tobacco and a puff of smoke. Silky entry, lightly textured. Sea pebble minerality. Juicy and yet precise. Leaves a clean, minty, fresh mouthfeel. Well put together.

Points 93 TW



Villa Calcinaia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Beguiling aromatic canopy of violet florals, hyacinth, blackberry fruit and camphor. Blackcurrant, blueberry, boysenberry, salty liquorice, blood orange and star anise. Upon entry, the senses explode vertically. A towering structure emerges displaying a plethora of primary textural pleasure, tannins, acidity, fruit, minerality are all woven together. Balanced like the scales of justice.This wine shows all the finest aspects of the vintage.

Points 96 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna La Fornace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Distinctive potent aromatics of violet, bluebell and rose petal. Dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, spiced herbal notes. Secondary nuances of fresh mushroom, tea tree and dry ginger. Cool entry. Refreshing acidity. Deceptively charming. So poised and balanced. Hauntingly long close.

Points 95 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna Bastignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in. Dark purple and blue florals. Blackcurrant, blackberry, blood orange, liquorice, spice box, cedar shavings and white pepper. Full bodied. Soft textures. Showing opulence. Tremendous presence with tons of energy. Long juicy close.

Points 94 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna Contessa Luisa Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Difficult to draw back from pulsating bouquet. Imagine a florist window display in bright sunlight, upon entering the rush to your senses of heady aromatics. Blackberry, blueberry, nutmeg, liquorice, tar, bitter citrus peel and mint. Cool entry. Freshness that gives way to suppleness. Light in texture. Savoury. Slightly racy. Still very youthful, needs time to flush out. Lingers on the close. Outstanding.

Points 97 TW



Villa Trasqua

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Very pale ruby red in colour. Lifted blue florals of violet, lavender and bluebell. Red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, sea pebble minerality, liquorice and grilled rosemary. Medium bodied. Very light in texture. Balanced. Fine tannins and pin point acidity. Comes alive after mid palate, with layered complexity. Needs bottle time. Impressive.

Points 92-94 TW


Villa Trasqua

Fanatico Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017

Pale ruby red in colour. Sweet scented bouquet of mixed floral tones. Dark cherry, blackcurrant raspberry, liquorice, slate, clove and cinnamon, orange peel. Cool entry. Medium bodied. Minty freshness. Saline infused energy. Medium length on the finish.

Points 91 TW


Villa Trasqua

Nerento Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of violet, lavender and iris vie with spiced infused blackberry. Blackcurrant, plum, dewberry, asphalt, sweet tobacco, bitter orange peel and menthol infused herbal nuances. Delicate and persistent on entry. Coats the palate in core fruit, complex texture and layered minerality. Sharp acidity edge tends to have a drying effect at the top of the palate. Buckets of energy. Balanced. Medium length on the finish.

Points 93 TW



Viticcio

Chianti Classico 55 DOCG 2020

Very pale ruby red in colour. Heady red rose aromas. Red cherry, redcurrant, orange zest, tar, graphite, camphor and sweet baking spice. Cool entry. Secondary notes of black fruits and salty liquorice. Tight. Mellow mouthfeel on the close.

Points 90 TW


Viticcio

Prunaio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Pale purple in colour. Rich and deep aromas of red rose petal, violet and bluebell. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, liquorice, bitter chocolate, allspice, cedar shavings and sweet tobacco. Extremely interesting entry, seems to have multi characters, intriguing the senses. Slight drying feel of the mid palate. But is resolute in its linear line to the close.

Points 92 TW


Viticcio