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Chianti Classico Collection 2024 (Part 1: A - N)

Just to keep you up to speed, this review is really about the 2021 vintage: some wineries bottle early, hence I would have reviewed those 2021 Chianti Classico last year. The remaining producers send their bottles this year. Just to complicate matters further, some wineries would prefer their 2021 annata to have more bottle age before releasing them. I have also reviewed wines from previous years, usually Riserva and Gran Selezione. These wines have had the benefit from bottle age, therefore are more relaxed and have evolved in character and nuances.




This year I have personally viewed the greatest number of labels: 230 Chianti Classico DOCG and 70 Toscana IGTs, almost entirely from the Chianti Classico region.


My gratitude goes to all the wineries that have placed their trust in my ability to review their wines impartially and objectively on this very special year marking the centenary of the Chianti Classico Consorzio (1924-2024). #ChiantiClassico100


The Consorzio Chianti Classico reported the 2021 as quite a regular vintage: Spring rains allowed good vegetative growth, as well as replenishing water reserves for the summer months ahead.


The summer was dry with sporadic rain in August and, more importantly, no excessive heat waves, this resulted in heathy vines with no powdery mildew or downy mildew. Very wide temperature difference between day and night from the end of August, is another very important factor for the optimal completion of the ripening of the grape. The Sangiovese harvest started around September 20th.


On a personal note from barrel samples through to tasting from bottle, Chianti Classico 2021 vintage awakened my palate to riot, with its energy and sheer poise, purity, extraordinary olfactory and its complexity of deliverance.


There have been some fabulous vintages of Chianti Classico in recent years: 2001,4,6,8,13,15,16,19, 20 and now 2021. As I have suggested before, Chianti Classico 2019 are great wines but need bottle time; the Chianti Classico 2020 are more forward, probably due to a lower yield because of early frosts, with exceptional acidity and fruit quality…but still, I believe the 2021 vintage will reveal itself as the greatest Chianti Classico for decades.


I would like to mention a special appreciation to these wineries, which “have raised the bar” in bringing their extraordinary wines, to my attention.


Bibbiano

Are producing, across the board, superior and approachable wines. Their Chianti Classico Riserva 2020 leading the charge.


Borgo Scopeto

The Chianti Classico DOCG 2021, is an absolute beauty.


Capraia

Is coming out of the shadows and showing itself to be a force.


Castello di Meleto

Cannot put a foot out of step. Tremendous quality across the range.


Colombaio di Cencio

Produced outstanding wines in 2020.


Gagliole

Has firmly established itself as one of the leading wineries in Chianti Classico.


Istine

Always produce wines that have a distinctive terroir profile.


Lilliano

Makes wines that fit like a soft pair of driving shoes.


Monsanto

Classic style with precision in a wine bottle.


Podere Le Cinciole

Their Chianti Classico DOCG Aluigi 2019, is totally awesome.


Querciabella.

Without doubt the finest tasting from Chianti Classico I can recall in my 35+ years engagement with this region. It was a comprehensive delight to witness the remarkable finesse, balance and energy in bottle after bottle. A tasting moment I will never forget.


Riecine

Just continues to get better and better. The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020, knocked it out of the park.


Tenuta di Arceno

The Chianti Classico DOCG 2021 is without rival. The finest young Chianti Classico I have ever tasted in almost four decades.


Villa Calcinaia

Again this year, this winery produced some extraordinary wines. Congratulations to Conte Sebastiano Capponi and his team.



Tasting notes



Badia a Coltibuono

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, lavender, spice, cherry and mint. Cherry, kirsch and vanilla, leather. Plush tannins balance out zesty acidity. Vibrant. Hits the right notes.Youthful tension will relax given bottle time. A delightful and winsome wine.

Points 92+ TW


Badia a Coltibuono

Chianti Classico Riserva  DOCG 2019

Bright medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of blue florals including violet and hibiscus, also vanilla and star anise. Blackcurrant, blueberry, damson, wild cherry, tobacco and distant balsam notes. Elegant and creamy on entry, showing class and pedigree. Well extracted. Fruit flavours in bold print. Juicy. Fresh acidity sustains the rich body. Linear power to the articulated close.

Points 93 TW





Banfi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Bright and pale red ruby in colour. Violet florals, blackcurrant and herbal notes account for the aromatics. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum and pomegranate, new leather, mellow liquorice, mint and mild spice.Cool entry. Juicy.Fine tannins and integrated vivid acidity surround solid core of weighty ripe fruit. Long finish. Slight tension will subside given bottle time.

Points 91 TW


Banfi

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Pale pink rose petal, hyacinth and gardenia account for the floral aspect. Redcurrant, plum, black cherry, liquorice, cedar shavings, clove and oaky vanilla. Delicate cool entry, lightly textured with layered minerality. Compact.Juicy. Edgy, youthful and primary. Linear intensity from mid palate to the close.

Points 92 TW


Banfi

Fonte alla Selva Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale garnet red in colour with pink undertones. Red florals with cherry syrup and dark Eastern spice account for the bouquet. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum, liquorice, balsamic nuances and sweet tobacco. Warm entry. Rich and dense texture vie with citrusy character. Fresh. Ample and generous. Medium length on the finish.

Points 92+ TW



Bibbiano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell, blackberry cassis and mint. Bing cherry, pomegranate, plum and redcurrant, sweet toasted tobacco, kirsch and vanilla. Smooth entry, agile with great length. Pulsing acidity drives the motor. Medium bodied. Savoury. Structured. Cedar notes on the close. Needs bottle ageing.

Points 92+ TW


Bibbiano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour.A lifted evocative bouquet of scented spice, violet, peony and amber. Wild cherry, blueberry, plum, leather, dark chocolate, vanilla and star anise. Showing textural depth and freshness from the start. Tons of energy. Mid weight. Vibrant. So juicy. Layered and polished. Just keeps coming back with waves of ripe fruit with a complex sharp mineral edge. Long articulated finish. A beauty.

Points 96 TW


Bibbiano

Vigna di Montorrello

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale garnet red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, iris, and bitter citrus peel. Bing cherry, rhubarb, blackcurrant, salty liquorice, damp forest floor and mellow spice. Agile and juicy. Full of life and personality. Lovely peppery notes on the finish.

Points 94 TW


Bibbiano

Vigna del Capannino

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Aromatics of old English red rose, patchouli and sandalwood. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, exotic spice. Sweet blonde tobacco, eucalyptus and old worn leather. On entry, elegant, rich, dense and sensual. Outstanding mineral composition. Just floats on the palate, as if it was born to the task. Lavender and citrus undertones on the long finish.

Points 95 TW





Borgo Salcetino

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet in colour. Red rose petal, cherry and eucalyptus aromas. Black cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and spiced orange peel. Warm rich entry. Perfect weight. So inviting, typical of Radda in style.Ultra fine tannins with vivid acidity encircle quality ripe fruit. Good length on the close.

Points 93 TW


Borgo Salcetino

Lvcarello

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright pink undertones. Forward blue florals underpinned with mimosas and vanilla account for the aromas. Red cherry, plum, raspberry, liquorice, dark chocolate and mint. Showing poise and polish. Deep in volume. Agile and juicy. Great structure with crunchy tannins, zingy acidity and complex minerality all dwell. Has  a natural richness.

Points 93+ TW




Borgo Scopeto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour.pink rose petal, violet and hyacinth florals introduce the aromatics.Blueberry, damson, dark cherry, chocolate, liquorice with cedar notes and distant eucalyptus. Rich, warm entry, racy from the start. Plump and juicy. Balanced like a tight rope walker. So much energy, practically jumping out of the glass. Super expressive in its quiet almost apologetic way. Wow!

Points 96 TW


Borgo Scopeto

Vigna Misciano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour. Old English red rose petal, liquorice and black berry fruits introduce the aromatics. Dark cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, plum, orange peel, cedar bark, blonde tobacco, mellow spice and eucalyptus notes. Rich palate. Great weight. Plush and silky. So suave and polished. Close knit tannins and mellow acidity vie with a range of mineral nuances. Plenty of verve.

Points 95 TW


Borgo Scopeto

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Pale garnet in colour. Subdued florals of white and pale blue. White cherry, white mulberry, distant plum. Very inward looking, not giving much away. On entry showing some pulse, very lean. Disjointed and slightly austere. Cannot understand making this a Gran Selezione.

Points 86 TW



Borratella

Insuella Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Deep garnet red in colour. Dark florals, eastern spice, essence of citrus and distant camphor. Dark cherry, boysenberry, mint, sweet blonde tobacco, candied bitter orange peel and grilled herbs. Cool entry. Juicy. Edgy. Youthful and primary. Lingers on the close.

Points 93 TW


Borrarella

Pietraia Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, red peony, cherry and mint. Black cherry, plum, pomegranate, goji berry, distant camphor, blood orange, liquorice and sweet scented tobacco. Very cool entry. Juicy. Succulent. Medium bodied. Vivid acidity. Crunchy tannins. Agile with great length.

Points 92+ TW



Casale Dello Sparviero

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Violet, bluebell and distant lavender complete the floral introduction. Red cherry, plum, redcurrant, sweet liquorice and herbal notes. Savoury and earthy. Warm entry showing rich structure. Agile and juicy. Caressing tannins and zingy acidity. Broad long finish.

Points 91 TW


Casale Dello Sparviero

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, patchouli and amber. Blackberry, blackcurrant, camphor, grilled Mediterranean herbs, blood orange and dark Eastern spice. Inviting rich palate offering complex minerality and textural volume. Soft contours. Still has that youthful intensity. Berry character. Mid weight. Savoury oak note on the long broad close.

Points 92 TW


Casale Dello Sparviero

Paronza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. A mix of lifted red and pale blue florals, with essence of crushed blackberry fruit. Redcurrant, blueberry, baking spice, baked plum. Silky entry. Rounded tannins with fresh acidity. Secondary notes of raspberry, mocha, and dried cherry. Persistent. Linear. Medium to long close.

Points 93 TW



Casaloste

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of violet, bitter orange peel, roast meat and almond. Strawberry, plum, rhubarb, mellow ground ginger and grilled herbs.Translucent and very light in texture. Quirky. Vivid acidity vie with crunchy compact tannins. Very little to hang your hat on.

Points 88 TW


Casaloste

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of gardenia, buttercup, praline, cherry, mulberry, chocolate, almond, distant liquorice account for the interesting nuance mix. Juicy entry with rounded textures. Linear. A touch exotic. Slight sour notes on the end add to the freshness and enjoyment.

Points 93 TW



Capannelle

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour.Bouquet of dark red and blue florals, sweet tobacco and damp leaf litter. Blackberry cherry, plum, dewberry, herbal notes, dark chocolate, mint and orange zest. Hardly makes an impression on entry, extremely light in texture, not giving much away. Fresh and clean mouth feel on the close.

Points 89 - 91 TW


Capannelle

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour with ruby red undertones. Bouquet of gardenia, juniper, essence of citrus and sandalwood. Bing cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, blood orange, fresh herbs and pipe tobacco. Elegant body. Rounded tannins vie with zingy acidity. Persistent.Vibrant. Plush and agile. Lifted mid palate delivers this wine to a long gracious farewell.

Points 93 TW





Capraia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep ruby red in colour. Red rose, magnolia, raspberry jam are the introduction to the aromatics. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, cedar shavings, clove, mint, orange peel and mellow spice. Silky tannins encircle fresh fruit. Plump and juicy. Boisterous and super expressive. Lifted textural richness. Needs time to relax certain tensions. Very impressive.

Points 95+ TW


Capraia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Bright and deep ruby red in colour.Aromas of violet, bluebell, hyacinth, humus and ripe black berry fruits. Dark cherry, loganberry, mocha, liquorice, distant dark Eastern spice, grilled rosemary and sage. Floral underbrush. Cool entry. Juicy. Floats on the palate. Has poise and polish. Savoury and a little wild. Buckets of energy on the finish.

Points 94 TW


Capraia

effe 55

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, iris and sweet scented spice. Rainier cherry, orange peel, cedar shavings, eucalyptus and sweet toasted tobacco. Tannins have all but dissolved. Superb transparency. Intense and persistent. Full of character.

Points 95 TW



Carpineto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, mint and liquorice lead the bouquet profile. Red cherry, redcurrant, raspberry, balsam and cedar shavings, clove, black tea and incense. Cool entry. Bright compact tannins vie with zesty acidity. Natural richness. Punchy. Extremely long and flavourful.

Points 93+ TW


Carpineto

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Lifted aromas of red rose petal, jasmine, dried cherry, mint and balsam. Medley of cherry, eucalyptus, liquorice, graphite, iron and forest floor. Warm and inviting entry, broadens slowly showing balance and energy. Wonderful textural richness. Tannins and acidity no longer play a leading roles. Leaves a fresh clean mouthfeel.

Points 94 TW


Carpineto

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Spectacular aromas of red rose petal, bluebell and violet, red cherry and mild spice.Rainier cherry, boysenberry, mint, sweet tobacco and orange  peel. Concentrated ripeness. So precise with fine tannins and exotic acidic nuances. Crushed rock minerals. Dazzling entry showing an intense display of Sangiovese. Broad, long and juicy on the close.

Points 94+TW





Casa Sola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Dark violet florals, blackberry fruit and balsamic notes attend to the bouquet. Red cherry, pomegranate, and mint. Extremely rich and very powerful. A touch over extracted. Very heavy with a tannic bite.

Points 85 TW


Casa Sola

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, violet and lavender. Red cherry, redcurrant, candied orange peel, liquorice, camphor, dry Mediterranean herbs and sweet tobacco. Rich textural depth. Full bodied. Brooding and muscular. Persistent. Opulent. If you like your Chianti Classico with a racy personality, this is for you!

Points 91 TW





Castellare di Castellina

Chianti Classico DOCG 2022

Medium purple in colour. Aromatics of bluebell and violet, blackberry, tarmac and sweet spice. Blueberry, plum, wet earth, sandalwood and star anise. Bright and savoury. Lightly textured, but well weighted. Juicy. Compact and linear. Broad long finish.

Points 92 TW


Castellare di Castellina

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Bright, pale ruby red in colour. Cut spring flowers, orange peel and dark Eastern spice all found in the bouquet. Dark cherry, plum, blackcurrant, liquorice, leather and dark chocolate. Warm and inviting on entry. Robust. So much to offer, showing ripeness and structure. Contains freshness and energy from start to finish.

Points 93+ TW


Castellare di Castellina

Il Poggiale Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Florals of dark blue and rose petal with cherry syrup. Bing cherry, redcurrant, plum, leather and orange peel. Mellow spice box. Cedar shaving. Cool wine from a warm vintage. Juicy. Balanced. Leaves afresh mouthfeel from a long finish.

Points 94 TW



Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, gardenia and hyacinth. Red cherry, pomegranate, liquorice and spiced orange peel. Cool entry. Citrusy character. Medium bodied. Pleasant progression showing fine tannins and zesty acidity. Medium length on the finish

Points 89 TW


Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of violet, rose petal, carnation and distant broom. Plum, blueberry, tobacco, dark chocolate and grilled sage. Sour cherry nuances on entry. Agile with drive and length. Briny notes. Tapers on the close.

Points 88 TW


Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour. Bouquet of red rose petal, red peony and cherry liqueur. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum, redcurrant, liquorice root, mint, orange peel  and cigar ash. Fresh, crisp and supple. Medium bodied. Sour cherry and white smoke on the lingering close.

Points 90 TW





Castelli del Grevepesa

Sasso del Falco

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of red florals, cherry and dark spice. Red cherry, essence of citrus, liquorice, eucalyptus, orange peel and cinnamon. Cool entry, silky textural richness. Medium bodied, agile and juicy on a medium length close.

Points 89 TW


Castelli del Grevepesa

Sasso del Falco

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour with pink undertones. Aromatics of wild meadow florals, broom and floral underbrush. Red cherry, plum, boysenberry, liquorice, worn leather, mint and tar. Cool entry, lightly textured, broadens slowly showing layered complex minerality. Fresh and juicy. Long articulated close.

Points 91 TW


Castelli del Grevepesa

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Pink rose petal, Gardenia and exotic spice prevail on the nose. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, plum and candied orange peel. Eucalyptus nuances lead to warm entry, juicy, agile with linear drive. Medium bodied. Bold and inviting, lined with fine tannins and savoury notes. Long finish.

Points 92 TW


Castelli del Grevepesa

Clemente VII

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Red rose florals, tangerine zest and menthol infused underbrush. Blackcurrant, dark plum, liquorice, sweet tobacco with bitter chocolate. Saturates the palate. Solid core of fruits surrounded by powdery tannins and vivid acidity. Long juicy close

Points 93 TW


Castelli del Grevepesa

Clemente VII

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Palest of ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of dark red rose petal and violet florals vie with menthol infused ripe blackberry fruit, on a bed of exotic Eastern spice. Difficult to draw back from this pulsating bouquet. A line of nervous acidity welcomes the entry, alongside residual tannin tension. Tight, delicate and light in texture. Very interesting to see what direction this goes.

Points 92 - 94 TW



Castello della Paneretta

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Lifted aromas of violet, hyacinth and, bluebell and lavender account for the florals. Blackberry, blackcurrant, cigar leaf, blood orange, salty liquorice and white smoke. A mixture of berry and citrus in character. Full of energy. Harmonious. Close knit tannins and fresh acidity are nearly interwoven. Broad, juicy close.

Points 92 TW


Castello della Paneretta

Torre a Destra Riserva

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium garnet red in colour.Aromas of prune, red florals and dark spice. Baked plum, blackcurrant, iodine, tar, star anise. Very lean and austere on the palate. Distant fruit fades quickly, to be replaced with sour nuances and bay leaf.

Points 85 TW


Castello della Paneretta

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Aromas of dried cherry, amber and pine needles. Red cherry, tanned leather, balsamic notes, sea shore minerality, orange peel, smoke and warm earth. Soft contours. Lightly textured. Plush tannins and vibrant acidity.Tapers after mid palate to a fruit driven finish.

Points 93 TW



Castello di Albola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Blue floral aromatics of violet and hyacinth. Bing cherry, blueberry, dewberry, distant liquorice, grilled rosemary and sage, blood orange and mild spice. Slightly closed. Light in texture. Youthful. Savoury. Compact yet persistent. Needs bottle time.

Points 92 - 94+ TW


Castello di Albola

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Dark red florals with violet and lavender. Dark cherry, plum, sweet blonde tobacco, liquorice and orange peel. Cool entry. Very light on its feet. Agile and juicy. Elegant with great length and balance. Loiters on the close.

Points 93 TW


Castello di Albola

Santa Caterina

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth, bluebell and rose petal. Red cherry, loganberry, blueberry, plum tobacco and blood orange. Delicate cool entry, house style is very appealing. Juicy. Great purity of flavours. Vibrant. Acidity is very persistent which drives the energy to the long finish.

Points 94 TW



Castello di Cacchiano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady aromatics of red rose petal, ripe strawberry, clove and star anise. Red and black cherry, leather, plum, liquorice and pomegranate. Delicate and graceful, light in texture. Elegant body. Agile with great length. Balanced with fine tannins and fresh mellow acidity. Showing well.

Points 93 TW


Castello di Cacchiano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Dark red florals, cherry, mint and blonde tobacco account for the aromatics.Dark cherry, blackberry, plum, pomegranate, cedar shavings, cinnamon and clove. Warm smooth entry, explodes in slow motion on the palate. Energy and freshness coming from acidity. Tannin structure almost a distant memory. Leaves a fresh mouthfeel after a very long juicy finish.

Points 94 TW


Castello di Cacchiano

Millennio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Interesting aromas of menthol, orange peel, mint , hibiscus florals and red berry awaken the senses. Dark cherry, baked plum, loganberry, cinnamon, liquorice and citrus infused grilled herbs. Delicate entry showing lightness of texture, then broadens offering a clean palate of ripe fruit and moderate minerality. Light on its feet. Medium to long finish.

Points 93 TW





Castello di Radda

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Aromas of red rose petal, wild cherry and vanilla.Bing cherry, pomegranate, plum and blackberry, orange peel, star anise, cinnamon and clove. Secondary nuances of graphite and salty liquorice. On entry, the berry character comes to the fore, with essence of citrus. It is a touch lean at its core, which hopefully will fill out in time. Mid weight. Fresh clean mouthfeel at the finish.

Points 91 - 93 TW


Castello di Radda

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Bright, pale ruby red in colour. Dark blue florals introduce the senses ripe black berry fruits and nail varnish. Blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, plum, distant spice . Showing textural depth. A little austere coming off mid palate. Rapier acidity still in play. Praline flavour noted. Medium length on the close.

Points 90 TW


Castello di Radda

Vigna Il Corno

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of violet, Iris, peat and star anise. Wild forest berry fruit, liquorice, balsam and damp forest floor. Tannins show an unripe bitter taste, the outcome is a non forgiving palate, as typical of this very difficult vintage. To bottle this as a Gran Selezione is somewhat baffling.

Points 86 TW





Castello di Querceto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of pink rose petal, violet and gardenia. Red cherry, loganberry, redcurrant, sweet scented tobacco leaf, eucalyptus, crushed rock minerality and cedar bark. Warm, juicy, rich entry. Seamless and luscious. Tangy citrus acidity leaves fresh mouth on the close.

Points 92+ TW


Castello di  Querceto

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of red florals and sweet scented orange peel. Blackberry, blueberry, plum, pomegranate, tobacco, clove and cinnamon stick. On entry sour cherry, residual tannin tension and nervous acidity. Dry notes on the close. Second bottle tasted, has not come together. Surprising, as I enjoyed the 2019 version of this wine immensely.

Points 87 TW


Castello di Querceto

La Corte

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell and hyacinth. Dark cherry, plum, blackcurrant, liquorice, black olive, tanned leather and dark chocolate. Soft smooth entry. Saline infused energy. Plush and agile. Savoury. Linear. Articulated conclusion.

Points 92 TW


Castello di Querceto

Il Picchio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Interesting aromatics of wild meadow florals, lime leaves and green olives. Wild cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, black tea, eucalyptus, orange peel, pipe tobacco and sandalwood. Elegant on the palate. Translucent, unwavering and linear. Refreshing acidity. Medium bodied. Lingers on the close.

Points 93+ TW



Castello di Meleto

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour with bright pink rim. Dark blue florals, balsamic notes, candied orange peel and dried Mediterranean herb notes, account for the impressive lifted aromatic profile. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, blood orange, pomegranate, slate, mild liquorice and floral underbrush. Mid weight. Agile. Juicy. Youthful intensity. Glorious breadth of fruit on the close

Points 93+ TW


Castello di Meleto 1256

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark blue florals, damp leaf litter, liquorice and balsamic notes.Redcurrant, pomegranate, bing cherry, black pepper, dark spice and menthol infused Mediterranean herbs. Compelling from the start, deep textural resonance. Wide shoulders. Great weight. Seamless elegant silky tannins. Buckets of energy. Hauntingly long.

Points 95 TW


Castello di Meleto 1256

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell, hyacinth, raspberry and lavender complete the lavish bouquet. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, loganberry, liquorice, sweet tobacco, cranberry with mild cake spice.Cool entry. Tip toes across the palate. Lightly textured. Soft contours. Integrated tannins and knife edge acidity. Fresh, clean mouthfeel on the finish.

Points 95 TW


Castello di Meleto 1256

Casi

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of pale blue florals, gardenia and oaky vanilla. White cherry, raspberry, mild balsam. Restrained palate. Agile and juicy. Medium bodied. Silky. Balanced and plush. Perhaps on reflection a touch closed.

Points 92-94 TW


Castello di Meleto

Trebbio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Rich aromas of red florals, redcurrant and balsamic notes. Red cherry, plum, pomegranate, graphite, spiced orange peel and liquorice. Savoury and vertical. Warm entry expands across mid palate showing textural richness and depth. Balanced. Gracious and intense. Broad and juicy finish.

Points 95 TW


Castello di Meleto

Poggiarso

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Bouquet of violet, iris and lavender, dark berries and star anise. Bing cherry, redcurrant, plum, sweet tobacco, leather, orange peel, whiff of roasted coffee beans and incense. Rich warm entry. Refreshing acidity. Boisterous. Stunning energy and drive. Long articulated finish.

Points 95+ TW



Castello di Verrazzano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Florals of violet, hyacinth, menthol tobacco and cake spice. Bing cherry, orange peel, cedar tree bark and mocha. Restrained palate. Elegant body. Youthful, with tense tannins and zesty acidity. Nicely balanced. Loiters on the close.

Points 92+ TW


Castello di Verrazzano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red florals, candied orange peel, gardenia and mint. Blueberry, redcurrant, tobacco, almond, exotic spice and grilled Mediterranean herbs. Silky tannins on entry. Shows citrusy character. Ripe fresh fruit core in evidence that persists to the finish.

Points 92 TW


Castello di Verrazzano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Deep garnet red in colour. Subtle aromas of pale blue florals, mint and blackberry. Wild cherry, blackcurrant, plum, damson, grilled herbs, leather, essence of citrus, distant clove and cinnamon. On entry a sharp edged line of acidity with sour notes. A touch austere and non forgiving palate.

Points 86 TW



Castello La Leccia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Intense ruby red with purple undertones.The olfactory complexity is worthy of further consideration: violet, wild rose, strawberry, lavender and metallic earth nuances. Dark cherry, kirsch, cedar bark, pomegranate, star anise, clove, dark chocolate and eucalyptus. Warm entry. Balanced like high wire act. Succulent on the close, goes on for minutes. Wow!

Points 96 TW





Castello Vicchiomaggio

Agostino Petri Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth and lavender. Red cherry, blackberry, spiced orange peel, balsam, mellow humus leaf litter.Bright and expressive on entry. Agile and juicy. Layered minerality. Light in texture. Medium length on close. (second tasting)

Points 91+ TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

Guado Alto Chianti Classico DOCG 2022

Pale purple in colour. Dark blue florals with damp forest floor and black truffles. Blackberry, plum, damson and boysenberry, sweet scented toasted tobacco, star anise, clove and black tea. Silky smooth entry. Rich and robust. Texturally dense with volume. Breadth of flavour is totally absorbing. Refreshing acidity. Creamy. Long on the close. Very expressive for such a young wine.

Points 94 - 96 TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

La Prima Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromas of amber, violet, iris and gardenia florals. Dark cherry, blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry and clove. Secondary nuances of dark chocolate, salty liquorice and cedar bark. Velvety and primary on entry. Rounded tannins an zingy acidity are working well together. Compact and linear. Very persistent finish.

Points 93 TW


Castello Vicchiomaggio

Le Bolle

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark blue florals with sweet scented musky notes. Rainier cherry, dewberry, blood orange, smoke, liquorice and Mediterranean grilled herbs.Brooding and muscular. Savoury.Opulent. Structured and seamless. Juicy broad finish.

Points 94 TW





Cecchi

Storia di Famiglia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, gardenia and cherry in syrup. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, plum, sweet tobacco, candied orange peel, distant eucalyptus and star anise. Flamboyant on entry, pulsing energy. Fabulous textural richness. Interwoven tannins and acidity. Balanced like the scales of justice. Medium bodied. Intense. Vibrant. Compact. Lingers on the close. Wow!

Points 96 TW


Cecchi

Valore di Famiglia

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth, orange peel and balsam. Redcurrant, red cherry, plum, pomegranate, dry leather, liquorice root and dark chocolate. Cool entry, moves across the palate at glacial speed. Silky tannins surround ripe fruit assisted by fresh acids that lift the entire engagement. Bold, juicy and inviting. Finely etched minerality. Long memorable finish.

Points 94 TW


Cecchi

Famiglia Cecchi

Villa Rosa

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour with bright ruby red undertones. Subdued aromas of pink rose petal, violet and peony. Red cherry, plum, orange peel, grilled Mediterranean herbs, graphite and star anise. On entry: tip toes across the palate, showing the lightest of impression. Delicate to the point of being fragile, just glimpsing a thin line of compact juicy fruit. Balanced. Very shy at present. Needs time hopefully to add weight and fully form.

Points 91-93 TW


Cecchi

Famiglia Cecchi

Villa Cerna

Primocolle Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Rose petal, gardenia and violet, cherry in liqueur with dark spice account for the aromatic profile. Bing cherry, pomegranate, star anise, blonde tobacco, cedar bark and distant roasted coffee bean. Plenty of verve. Sour notes on the close assist freshness.

Points 90 TW


Cecchi

Famiglia Cecchi

Villa Cerna

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell and red rose petal presents itself as a floral canopy. Rainier cherry, liquorice, grilled Mediterranean herbs, scented bitter orange peel and blonde tobacco. Cool entry, showing textural richness and metallic minerality. Ample and generous. Tapers slightly towards the long close.

Points 92 TW





Collazione

Bastioni

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Violet, hyacinth and crushed red berry fruit appear on the bouquet. Raspberry, redcurrant, strawberry, liquorice, cigar leaf, distant aroma of roasted coffee bean, followed by menthol infused herbs and candied orange peel. Plump and juicy. So expressive. Absorbing display of ripe fruit and layered minerality. Good weight. Linear. Compact. Everything in the right place.

Points 94 TW



Colombaio di Cencio

Cornia

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour.Red rose petal, bergamot, cherry liqueur, cassis and clove account for the aromatics.Bing cherry, boysenberry, eucalyptus, pomegranate, vanilla and sweet tobacco. Warm inviting rich entry. Inter woven tannin and acidic profile. Great weight. Considerable appeal. Vibrant. Broad swaths of ripe fruit. Full of energy and class.

Points 95 TW


Colombaio di Cencio

Vinci

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour.Pale rose petal, dried cherry, violet and gardenia introduce the bouquet canopy. Blueberry, plum, damson, loganberry, chocolate, orange zest, and exotic spice. Secondary notes distant pipe tobacco, kirsch and oaky vanilla. Showing ripeness, structure and primary flavours. A beguiling act of balance. Tannins and acidic profile top notch. Long juicy agile close.

Points 94 TW


Colombaio di Cencio

Lodoli

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour, with purple undertones.Celebratory bouquet of violet, hyacinth, rose petal and lavender. Dark cherry, blood orange, sweet scented pomegranate juice, cinnamon, cedar shavings, distant dark chocolate and a whiff of espresso. Bright and translucent. Lightly textured. Takes you on a mystical journey. Leaves a fresh clean mouthfeel.

Points 96 TW



Fattoria Carpineto Fontalpino

Fontalpino

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium purple red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth and, wild black berries and spice. Blackcurrant, dark cherry, liquorice, orange peel, blonde tobacco, sage and distant mint. Rich warm entry, coats the palate. Tannins have all but dissolved. Acidity carries the energy. Succulent on the back end. Agile and juicy. Long articulated finish.

Points 93+ TW


Fattoria Carpineto Fontalpino

Vigna Montaperto

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Aromas of red rose petal and dark blue florals. Blackcurrant, blueberry, clove, star anise, sweet toasted tobacco, spiced orange peel.Great weight. Rich textural depth. Medium to full bodied. Structured. Agile. Uncompromising persistence. Loiters on the finish.

Points 94 TW


Fattoria Carpineto Fontalpino

Vigna Dofana

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, Mediterranean scrub and wild black berries.Dark cherry, blackcurrant, plum, tree bark, black tea, star anise and bitter orange peel. Floats on the palate. Breadth of flavour is outstanding. Showing harmony. Mid weight. A touch tight with acidic tension on the finish. Shows great promise. Needs time.

Points 91 - 93 TW



Fattoria La Ripe

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium garnet red in colour. Aromas of dried cherry, blackcurrant, kirsch and damp earth. Dark cherry, pomegranate, clove and blood orange. Thin and weightless in texture. Juicy.  Tangy acidity helps deliver the message. Lots of cellar work to get this bottled.

Points 86 - 88 TW



Fèlsina

Berardenga

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Elegant aromatics of red rose petal, violet and exotic florals. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, blood orange, cedar shavings and sweet blonde tobacco. Shows youthful tension from the start. Paints the palate with light strokes. It’s all there, just needs time to show character and nuances.

Points 93+ TW


Fèlsina

Berardenga

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Interesting bouquet consisting of fresh cut grass, metallic earth notes, turmeric and floral underbrush. Sour cherry, mulberry, wild unripe blackberry, rose hip, liquorice and white smoke.Cool and refreshing on entry, expands well over mid palate, showing core ripe fruit and layered minerality. Broad, agile and juicy from start to linear conclusion.

Points 92+ TW


Fèlsina

Rancia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour with bright undertone. Aromatics of violet, bluebell, lavender and raspberry coulis. Rainier cherry, loganberry, cedar bark, plum and damson. Makes the deepest impression with rich soft curves. Perfect symmetry. So much to give: needs bottle time. Complex layered minerality. Death defying act of balance. A winner in the making.

Points 95+ TW


Fèlsina

Colonia

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. A mixed bouquet of ripe black berry fruit, orange zest, oaky notes and broom. Slighty subdued and inward looking. Savoury with metallic earthy nuances. Dusty but compact tannins. Crisp acidity. You will, need patience to appreciate the best of this wine. One for the back of the cellar.

Points 94-96 TW



Fontodi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Needs aeration. Aromas of violet, rose petal, roast meat and wet leaf litter. Dark cherry, black pepper, liquorice, spiced orange peel and rhubarb. Cool entry. Agile. Juicy. Fresh fragrant acidity vie with crunchy tannins. Tapers slightly on the medium length close.

Points 91 TW


Fontodi

Terrazze San Leolino

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Panzano DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour with bright chards of light. Distinctive aromatics containing cherry syrup, bitter chocolate, black berry fruits and humus. Blackcurrant, plum, damson with dark spice. Savoury and earthy. Ample and generous. Brooding. Superb intensity. Compact dense tannins with vibrant fresh acidity. Shows great weight. Within a glance of being full bodied. Long broad juicy finish.

Points 95+ TW


Fontodi

Vigna del Sorbo

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Panzano DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Bouquet of blue and white petals, with red berries and humus. Black cherry, blackcurrant, damson, grilled herbs, slate and dark Eastern spice. A touch inward looking, needs plenty of time to fully develop. Silky tannins and crisp acidity. Medium bodied. Juicy. Very interesting to see how this develops.

Points 93- 95 TW



Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, iris and gardenia. Redcurrant, raspberry, wild cherry, blood orange and star anise. Cool on entry, expands at pace across the palate bringing rich textural depth, alongside tannin and acidic balance. Long juicy finish.

Points 91 TW


Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour with purple highlights. Aromas of dark blue florals, black fruits, lavender and mellow balsamic nuances. Blackcurrant, blackberry, dark plum, kirsch, vanilla, orange peel and exotic spice. Warm rich entry, brooding yet creamy. Dense textural development. Tannins and acidity are as one. Freshness and energy carries through from start to finish.

Points 92+ TW


Frescobaldi

Tenuta Perano

Rialzi

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Intense ruby red in colour. Rose petal, violet, cherry and clove, all to be found on the aromatic profile. Bing cherry, boysenberry, sweet tobacco, liquorice and mellow humus. Rich and textural deep on entry. Secondary nuances of cedar bark and a whiff of gunpowder smoke. Stunning energy and drive. Totally focused. Long on the finish.

Points 95+ TW



Gagliole

Rubiolo

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of rose petal, bluebell and gardenia attest to the florals. Red cherry, blackberry, plum, pomegranate, dark spice, balsam and salty liquorice. Silky smooth entry, rich, sculptured body, an active line of acidity interplay with crunchy tannins and layered minerality. Medium bodied. Still in its hobbledehoy stage. Tense and tight. Needs time to relax and flush out.

Points 92 - 94 TW


Gagliole

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Dark blue and purple florals including gardenia, lavender and peony. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, plum, blood orange, distant clove and mint. Takes its time to open on the palate, a little subdued, mellow textural notes, shy in personality, probably due to its youth.

Points 92 - 94 TW


Gagliole

Pecchia

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Intense ruby red in colour. Fragrant canopy consisting of violet, hyacinth, amber and dried cherry. A medley of red and black berry fruits, salty chocolate, fennel pollen, distant mint and tanned leather. Phenomenal intensity in its ripe core fruit and aromatics. Exotic beauty. A wine of impact. Compact tannins and zingy acidity are becoming interwoven into the main textured matrix of this wine. Finely balanced.

A rare wine for very special occasions, just commencing its long journey.

Points 96 - 98 TW



Istine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of violet, rose petal, patchouli and sandalwood. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, orange peel, star anise and eucalyptus. Silky entry, lightly textured, magnetic core of ripe fruits, vivid acidity and ultra fine tannins. The olfactory nuances on the entire engagement keeps you spellbound.

Points 94-96 TW


Istine

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Violet and hyacinth florals, juniper, spice box and floral underbrush account for the aromatic profile. Dark cherry, dewberry, liquorice, mint and mineral notes. Simply irresistible. Breadth of flavour is awesome. Gives layers of pleasure. Everything is in the right place. Long juicy fresh closure.

Points 95+ TW



La Montanina

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. Dark blue florals of violet, iris with gardenia. Dark cherry, plum, tobacco, graphite and blood orange. Delicate entry, rich and juicy, just coats the palate. Complex layered minerality. Vibrant acidity carries the wine to the close.

Points 93 TW


La Montanina

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of red and dark cherry, menthol infused Mediterranean herbs with cedar notes. Bing cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and mild spice. Cool entry, rich but tightly wound. Lively acidity leads mellow tannin structure. Secondary nuances of plum and slate. Pleasant progression to long close.

Points 93 TW



La Sala del Torriano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Bright, pale purple in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth and bluebell account for the floral profile. Plum, redcurrant, loganberry, liquorice, orange peel, cedar notes and new leather. Elegant upon entry, showing terrific balance and ripe concentrated fruit. Interwoven tannins and acidity. Silky textures coat the palate with light strokes. Medium length on a juicy finish.

Points 93+ TW


La Sala del Torriano

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, raspberry coulis, camphor and star anise all play a part on the aromatic profile. Rainier cherry, plum, redcurrant, liquorice, clove and sweet tobacco. Bold and inviting. Purity of flavours are compelling. Completely seduces the imbiber. Fantastic length and balance. Lifted energy from mid palate until the conclusion.

Points 95 TW


La Sala del Torriano

Il Torriano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Palest of ruby red in colour. Rose petal, violet, gardenia and lime leaf. Redcurrent, boysenberry, Chelan black cherry, eucalyptus, candied orange peel, sweet tobacco and distant cinnamon. Silky tannins, just the right amount of acidic impact. Showing poise and deliverance. Hauntingly long on the close.

Points 95+ TW



Le Filigare

Filigare

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, pipe tobacco, camphor and bitter citrus peel. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, blood orange scented with exotic spice. Secondary notes of ginger, ginseng, star anise and a whiff of gunpowder smoke. Cool entry showing quality ripe red fruit. Rich and dense textural notes. Slate. Confident palate. Generous length on the finish.

Points 94 TW


Le Filigare

Maria Vittoria

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of red florals, blackberry and orange peel. Black cherry, dark plum, balsam, raspberry, sweet tobacco, eucalyptus and mellow spice. Cool entry. Lightly textured. Tannins and acidity woven together. Saline energy. Edgy and youthful. Lingers on the close. Minor dryness to the palate on the finish.

Points 92-93 TW


Le Filigare

Lorenzo

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense, medium ruby red in colour. Heady aromas of red rose petal, bluebell and sandalwood. Bing cherry, boysenberry, liquorice, orange peel, sweet tobacco, leather and cedar bark. Envelops the palate on entry. Zingy acidity provides the energy in part assisted with complex layered minerality nuances. White pepper twins up with clove. Interesting mix.