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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