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Chianti Classico Collection 2024 (Part 2: P - V)





Panzanello

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. Lifted florals of red rose petal, violet and blue bell. Blackberry, boysenberry, liquorice, pipe tobacco, humus, menthol infused herbs. Delicate entry, lightly paints the palate. Silky soft contours. Good energy. Linear. Finely balanced. A puff of white smoke on the close.

Points 93TW






Pensieri di Cavatina

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromatics of blue florals, humus and mushroom. Blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, liquorice, orange zest and balsam notes. Rich warm entry. Fruit just pumps through the veins of this wine. Fresh mouthfeel at the close. Impressive.

Points 93+ TW


Pensieri di Cavatina

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium purple in colour. Dark blue florals, spice and cassis express the aromatics. Blackcurrant, Dark cherry, sage, liquorice and cedar notes. On entry bitter orange peel. Lightly textured showing complex minerality at its core. Agile and juicy. Coats the palate. Broad and long at the close.

Points 92 TW






Podere Capaccia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2017

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark blue florals, black berry fruit and sage. Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, eucalyptus, tobacco, liquorice and cedar bark. Fresh and supple. Slight citrusy character. Medium bodied. Savoury. Juicy. Linear. Medium length on the finish. Great effort for this vintage.

Points 92 TW


Podere Capaccia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of red rose petal, cherry liqueur and mint. Bing cherry, raspberry, sweet tobacco, leather, plum, cinnamon, clove and orange zest. Warm entry, rich and dense. Floats on the palate. Superb intensity.Compact and unwavering. Spice and minerality on the long finish.

Points 92+ TW




Podere Castellinuzza

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale garnet in colour with pink undertones. Needing plenty of aeration. Rich deep dark florals, damp forest floor, and medium toasted tobacco. Agile and boisterous on entry, broadens on the palate showing black berry fruits, tar, with layered and complex minerality. Medium bodied. Tapers at the close to a long finish.

Points 90 TW


Podere Castellinuzza

Vecchie Vigne

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with deep garnet undertones. Red florals, violet and hyacinth are the leading aromas. Dark cherry, damson, boysenberry, dark plum and mellow spice profile. Savoury. Dense and complex minerality. Plump and juicy. Citrus and mint freshness. So precise with rounded tannins. Well put together.

Points 93+ TW




Podere Ciona

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Opaque ruby red in colour. Needing plenty of aeration. At first seems reductive but not oxidized. Finally bursts out into the open (all good things are worth the wait). Florals of pale rose petal and violet. Red cherry, raspberry, orange peel, liquorice and balsam. Warm entry. Agile. Juicy. Soft contours. Fine tannins vie with slightly nervous acidity. Layered minerality…Got there in the end!

Points 89 TW


Podere Ciona

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Showing some vegetal nuances. Sour cherry, spice, herbs, tree bark. Very evolved for such a young wine. Might have been subject to excessive stem contact. Nearing the end of its plateau. Yet shows energy and flavour on the palate.

Points 87 TW




Podere Le Cinciole

Le Cinciole

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Bouquet of blue and purple florals including violet and bluebell. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, cranberry, eucalyptus, sweet tobacco and orange peel. Balanced like a tight rope walker. The acidic value cannot be underestimated. Bright and translucent. Articulated close. Would benefit from a few years bottle age.

Points 93+ TW


Podere Le Cinciole

Campo ai Peri

Aluigi

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Aromatic delineation of violet, hyacinth and Iris. Plenty to say for itself from the start. Blackberry, dark plum, damson, liquorice, tobacco and cedar. Rich. Intense. Precise and seamless. A black hole of textural depth. A trophy winner of a wine!

Points 98 TW



Poderi Melini

Granaio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour with bright pink reflections. Aromas of dark blue florals, black and red berry fruit and a puff of balsam. Red cherry, redcurrant, plum, liquorice, orange peel, spice and asphalt. Powerful rich entry, juicy, dense with tons of energy. So vibrant. Punches its weight from beginning to end.

Points 94+ TW



Poggio Niccolini

Capaccioli

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Subdued aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and raspberry. Balsamic notes. Soft smooth entry showing black fruits in a tannic bite. Sour cherry nuances. A touch austere, leaves the palate dry and lips puckered.

Points 85 TW



Poggio Scalette

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth, lavender and humus. Blackberry, blackcurrant, damson, plum, boysenberry and liquorice. Wild and savoury. Saline infused energy. Crushed rock minerality. Floats on the palate. Finely grained tannins with fresh acidity, drive the energy. Captivating. A puff of white smoke on the close. A stellar indulgence!

Points 96 TW



Poggerino

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium purple in colour. Very subdued on the nose. Distant pale blue florals. On the palate it’s a very different ball game: the wine explodes into action from the mid palate. Rich dense ripe fruit, red and black berry fruits, interplay with ultra fine tannins and vivid fresh acidity. Silky smooth textures vibrate with energy. Savoury. Juicy. Secondary nuances of a medley of cherries on the long close.

Points 94 TW


Poggerino

Nuovo

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium garnet red in colour. Needs aeration. Aromas of red cherry, red peony and grilled herbs. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, plum, tobacco, bitter citrus peel. Warm and rich on entry. Broad dense textural richness. Further nuances of blackberry, violet florals and chocolate powder. Crunchy compact tannins balance well with zingy fresh acidity. Buckets of energy. Tapers slightly coming off mid palate to a long, juicy, articulated finish.

Points 93+ TW


Poggerino

Bugialla

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Delicate bouquet of red florals, orange peel zest, sweet tobacco and mint. Red cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, salty liquorice, floral underbrush with clove and cinnamon stick. Delicate, graceful and poised on entry, expands slowly showing ripe core fruit surrounded by layered complex minerality. Mid palate is lifted by interwoven acidity and compact tannins. Seamless. Linear. Just pulses energy all the way to a long ,juicy close. In a word- terrific.

Points 94 - 96 TW




Pomona

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromatics of pale rose petal, blackberry, dark spice and dried cherry. Plum, pomegranate, cherry syrup, tobacco, eucalyptus, blood orange, distant clove and dry forest floor. Elegant body. Richly textured. Secondary notes of kirsch and vanilla nuances. Tension and yet supple. Intense. Refreshing acidity. Long articulated finish.

Points 93 TW



Quercia Al Poggio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale garnet red in colour. Aromas of violet, peony and gardenia florals with orange zest, damp forest floor, new leather, tobacco and a puff of gunpowder smoke. Silky and smooth entry. Briny nuances. Savoury. Juicy. Structured. Tannins are dusty but compact. Fresh vivid acidity. Nervous now but will relax.

Points 91-93 TW


Quercia Al Poggio

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Delicate aromas of spring cut flowers and floral underbrush. Blackcurrant, plum, balsamic nuances, liquorice, herbal notes, damp earth. Solid fruit core surrounded by vivid acidity, forward tannins and tar. Agile and juicy leading to a long broad finish.

Points 92 TW


Quercia Al Poggio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Medium garnet red in colour. Red rose petal, gardenia and distant lavender account for the floral aromas. Bing cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, spiced orange peel, blonde tobacco and black olive. Medium rich palate. Saline energy. Savoury. Medium bodied. Articulated finish.

Points 92 TW



Querciabella

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Aromas of spring cut flowers, orange zest and mint. Bing cherry, boysenberry, redcurrant, floral underbrush, grilled Mediterranean herbs, roast meat and graphite. Silky entry. Light in texture. Juicy. Freshness that assists suppleness. Still showing a little tension. Savoury. Clean and fresh mouthfeel.

Points 91- 93 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium purple in colour. Delicate aromatics of violet and bluebell florals with assistance from red berry fruit. Red cherry, raspberry, blood orange, balsam, grilled herbs, mint and distant mellow spice. Medium bodied. Deeply textured. Citrusy character. Fresh with drive. Edgy. Crunchy and blended tannins. Vivid acidity. Medium length on the finish. Needs bottle time.

Points 93 - 95 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2016

Medium ruby red in colour with purple undertones. Aromatic profile containing violet florals  with orange peel and sweet tobacco. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, balsamic notes and mocha. Rich an inviting. Great weight. Expands on the palate at the speed of light. Secondary nuances of raspberry and mild sweet spice. Fruit quality is top notch.Tannins have dissolved into the wine. Acidic energy still present. Broad long finish.

Points 96+ TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale purple in colour. Lifted aromatics of red florals, cherry, mint and orange peel. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, blood orange, sweet tobacco, cedar shavings, liquorice and slate. On entry, silky tannins encircle fresh ripe fruit. Exceptional finesse. Plump and juicy. Aromatic delineation and nuance carries on from start to finish. Creamy. Standout wine. Loiters on the close.

Points 98 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Translucent pink in colour with bright ruby red highlights. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth and gardenia florals. Redcurrant, white cherry, loganberry, damp earth, bay leaf, oaky vanilla and orange peel. On the palate the wine takes its time, following air intake it opens up, the breadth of flavour is mesmerising. Graceful and subtle. Finely grained tannins vie with fresh mellow acidic nuances. Body sculpted by school of Michelangelo. Sangiovese on another level. Paints the entire palate with a light stroke. Outstanding.

Points 98 TW


Querciabella

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Pale to medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of dark blue florals, tangerine zest and tea tree. Blackberry, blueberry, damson, dark plum, pomegranate, orange peel, blonde tobacco, grilled rosemary and sage, distant spice and liquorice. Cool entry from a hot vintage. Agile and juicy. A beguiling act of balance. On the close : sea shore ozone minerality kicks in. Seamless and unwavering linearity. All this from 2017 vintage! Impressive.

Points 97 TW



Querceto di Castellina

L’Aura

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour with bright pink highlights. Aromatics of pale rose petal and violet. Red cherry, raspberry, liquorice, new leather, sweet tobacco and mocha. Dusty tannins with acidity that broadswords across the palate. Sour citrus notes follow on from mid palate. A tad disappointing considering the vintage.

Points 85 - 87 TW


Querceto di Castellina

Sei

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour. Red florals, redcurrant, cassis, eucalyptus lead the aromatic introduction. Bing cherry, blueberry, orange peel, mint and star anise. Agile and juicy, vibrant acidity. Medium length on close.

Points 89 TW



Ricasoli 1141

Brolio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium purple in colour with pink undertones. Aromas of pink rose petal, violet and lavender. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, loganberry, balsamic notes, orange zest, liquorice and white pepper. Warm entry, round contours, and showing a deep textural core, surrounded by mineral led dark fruits and cigar leaf tobacco. Long and juicy finish. Would benefit from a couple of years bottle age.

Points 92+ TW


Ricasoli 1141

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium purple red in colour. Spring floral notes and violet.Dark cherry, pomegranate, liquorice and orange peel. Mellow humus and slate. Shows textural resonance. Fresh with citrusy character. Focused. Long juicy finish.

Points 92 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of pale pink rose petal, violet, gardenia and exotic spice. Red cherry, boysenberry, vanilla, balsam and plum. Secondary notes of menthol infused herbs. Rich warm entry. Agile and juicy. Refreshing acidity. Wild and savoury. Broad long close.

Points 93 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Roncicone

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Pale red florals and Mediterranean scrub. Dark cherry, plum, blood orange, liquorice and clove overtones. Pleasant progression with fine tannins. Soft curves. Delicate with polished palate.

Points 95 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Colledilà

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour with garnet undertones. Red and pale blue florals vie with black fruits and Eastern spice. On entry shows an ethereal quality. Blackcurrant, dark cherry and espresso aromas. Dusty compact tannins. Following on from mid palate: mineral notes of crushed stone. Savoury and earthy. Loiters on the close.

Points 95 TW


Ricasoli 1141

Ceniprimo

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of pale rose petal, violet florals and mild spice. Blackberry, blackcurrant, camphor, pomegranate, liquorice and orange peel. Mineral notes of lead pencil and slate. Remarkable finesse. Relaxed progression. A beguiling act of balance. Medium to full bodied. Broad and juicy on the finish.

Points 96 TW



Riecine

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet florals, blueberry and mid spice. Red cherry, redcurrant, blood orange, distant iodine and liquorice. Cool entry. Complex layered minerality. Tight and polished. Line of nervous acidity will fade. Persistent to a broad long finish.

Points 93 TW


Riecine

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet and gardenia florals, crushed raspberry, balsam and dark spice. Red cherry, boysenberry, redcurrant, wild strawberry and red cherry. Distant juniper and oaky vanilla. Showing precision, textural breadth and volume. Medium bodied. Super expressive.

Points 95+ TW


Riecine

Vigna Gittori

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Lifted aromatics of violet, pale rose petal, bluebell and distant mint. Red cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, lead pencil and damp leaf floor. Jet propelled rush to the senses. Very elegant body. Silky structured textures interplay with ripe fruit, spice, and complex minerality on the mid palate. Striking character, full of poise and finesse. A whiff of gunpowder smoke and lime leaves, on the long juicy close. Top drawer!

Points 98 TW



Rocca delle Macìe

50th Anniversary Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, hyacinth and lavender florals. Red cherry, blackberry, plum, cedar bark, wet leaf litter and salty liquorice. Metallic earth notes. Cool entry. Agile and punchy. Waves of ripe fruit and vanilla aromas continue on the close.

Points 93 TW


Rocca delle Macìe

50th Anniversary Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Ripe berry fruit, red rose petal, mint and balsam introduce the aromatics. Blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum, leather, liquorice root, graphite. Dark baking spice. Cool entry. Bright. Vibrant. Soft rounded contours. Juicy. Fresh. Medium length on close

Points 92 TW


Rocca delle Macìe

Famiglia Zingarelli

Tenuta Le Macìe

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, bluebell, hyacinth and rose petal. Red cherry, redcurrant, goji berry, boysenberry, wet earth, grilled herbs, orange peel, star anise and black tea. Light in texture. Fine tannins, vivid acidity, and complex minerality. Super interesting mix. Long juicy finish.

Points 90 - 92 TW


Rocca delle Macìe

Famiglia Zingarelli

Tenuta Fizzano

Il Crocino

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromas of red florals and baking spice. Redcurrant, wild cherry, dewberry, plum and white smoke. Rich warm dense palate. Caressing tannins and citrusy acids lift the whole engagement. Secondary nuances of liquorice, old leather and distant sandalwood. Shows good balance and length.

Points 93 TW


Rocca delle Macìe

Famiglia Zingarelli

Tenuta Sant’Alfonso

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep garnet red in colour. Compact aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, rose petal and distant balsam. Damson, plum, blueberry, liquorice and mocha. Rich warm entry. Layered complex mineral profile. Outstanding fruit quality. Poise and polish. Long articulated finish.

Points 92 TW


Rocca delle Macìe

Sergio Zingarelli

10th Anniversary Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Bright and deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell, iris and crushed red berries. Red cherry, raspberry, plum and oaky vanilla. Dusty but compact tannins, crisp acidity. Shows textural depth and volume. Needs a few years bottle age. Burst of energy on the close.

Points 94 TW




Rocca di Castagnoli

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Deep ruby red in colour. Lifted aromas of old English red rose, salty liquorice and damp earth. Blackberry, plum, damson, loganberry, slate, pipe tobacco, grilled Mediterranean herbs and blood orange. Medium to rich  palate. Elegant body. Slight nervous tension. Savoury. Acidity drives the pulsing energy sensations.

Points 93+ TW


Rocca di Castagnoli

Poggio a‘ Frati

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019 (second tasting)

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell and lavender. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, plum, boysenberry, salty liquorice, clove and dark chocolate. Mid palate shows textural depth and volume, complex minerality and rich, ripe core fruit. Tons of energy. Secondary nuances of sweet tobacco and exotic spice. Juicy and fresh mouthfeel on the close.

Points 93 TW


Rocca di Castagnoli

Stielle

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018 (second tasting)

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromas of blue florals, spice and black berry fruits. Dark cherry, loganberry and orange peel. Dense and juicy. Silky tannins weave in and out of fresh fleshy acidity. Racy. Savoury. Hovers on the close. N.B. This wine has relaxed and has opened up since my last tasting.

Points 94 TW



Rocca di Montegrossi

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021 (second tasting)

Intense dark purple in colour. Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, leather and distant mint. Cool entry with soft contours. Faded outline of youthful tension. Elegant. Secondary nuances of dark cherry, liquorice and boysenberry. Fresh, broad long close. Beautiful expression of Sangiovese, typical of the 2021 vintage.

Points 94 TW



Ruffino

Romitorio di Santedame

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with bright purple highlights. Dark blue violet florals, bluebell and lavender. Blackcurrant, blueberry, dewberry, plum, clove and cinnamon, cigar leaf, star anise and camphor. Super expressive on entry. Elegant textures prevail showing depth, volume and poise. Nuances of mocha and dark spice lead to a broad long finish.

Points 95 TW


Ruffino

Riserva Ducale Oro

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Wild rose petal, redcurrant, rose hip and black tea cover the lifted aromatic profile. Bing cherry, plum, pomegranate, blood orange, liquorice and humus. Savoury and earthy. Ample and generous. Persistent to an articulated, juicy finish.

Points 94 - 96 TW



San Fabiano Calcinaia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour with pink highlights. Red floral notes and red cherry aromas awaken the senses. Cool entry, lightly textured. Balanced. Silky tannins encircle fresh fruit. Showing finesse. Zesty acidity coming off mid palate leading to a juicy linear finish.

Points 91 TW


San Fabiano Calcinaia

Cellole

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019

Pale to medium purple red in colour.Blue and red florals aromas vie with blackcurrant and spice. Dark cherry, orange peel, leather, mint and sweet pipe tobacco. Distant tar and slate nuances. Plush but drying tannins. Savoury and metallic earth notes. Dry sour notes continue from mid palate to the close.

Points 88 TW



San Felice

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium garnet in colour with bright pink highlights. Raised violet and pink rose petal aromas. Dark cherry, dewberry, pomegranate, orange peel and mild spice. Cool entry, juicy, agile and youthful. Powdery tannins. Vivid fresh acidity. Showing ripeness and courage which gives way to further youthful gestures. Medium bodied. Closes with flair.

Points 93 TW


San Felice

Il Grigio

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Dark and brooding aromas of humus, dark chocolate, dry Mediterranean herbs and broom. Blackcurrant, blackberry, boysenberry, toasted tobacco, worn saddle leather and clove. Entry showing a fresh citrusy character. Long finish leaving a slight dryness in the palate.

Points 92 TW


San Felice

Il Grigio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Aromatics of cherry, violet florals and sweet tobacco. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, kirsch, vanilla oak, mint, sage and blood orange. Blackberry, prune, dewberry, white smoke and distant dark chocolate nuances. Cool entry, expands rapidly across the mid palate. Noticeable textural depth, saline minerality interplay with ripe fresh fruits. Terrific persistence. Brooding and attractive wine.

Points 94 TW


San Felice

Poggiorosso

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Heady aromas of red rose petal, blackberry and dark spice. Blackcurrant, dark cherry, tarmac, liquorice, balsam and toasted coffee bean. Rich and velvety entry, showing opulence, structure and flavourful. Medium bodied. Forward fruit core continues from start to finish.

Points 93 TW



San Giusto a Rentennano

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady bouquet of red rose petal, violet, cherry syrup, candied orange peel and mint. Rainier cherry, boysenberry, plum, distant lavender and warm earth. Very elegant body. Agile and luscious. Lifted mid palate thanks to refreshing acidic drive. Fine tannins and mineral balance. Seamless and unwavering linearity. A whiff of white smoke on the close. A beauty!

Points 95 TW


San Giusto a Rentennano

Le Baròncole

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of old English red rose petal, violet, bluebell and lavender. Red and black cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, blood orange, dark eastern spice, liquorice and eucalyptus. Rich and warm on entry, then explodes on the palate showing ripe fruit, acidic heat and waves of energy. Super expressive. Broad and juicy on the end.

Points 95 TW





San Leonino

Al Limite

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Fragrant bouquet of red rose petal, gardenia and camomile florals. Red cherry, rhubarb, goji berry, redcurrant, tobacco, menthol infused herbs, spiced orange peel, clove and mint. Warm, rich, silky entry. Mellow acidity pushes the energy across the palate reaching far and wide. Layered in primary flavours. Long juicy finish.

Points 93 TW


San Leonino

Monsenese

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Pale ruby red in colour with bright highlights. Aromatics of violet, bluebell, lavender and dried cherry. Bing cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, salty liquorice and sweet pipe tobacco. Vanilla and cedar notes on the back end. Cool entry showing rich yet citrusy nature. Fine tannins vie with fresh acidity. Medium bodied. Lingers on the close.

Points 92 TW


San Leonino

Salivolpe

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour with bright purple undertones. A subdued aromatic profile with a hint of rose petal. Red cherry, raspberry, baked plum, liquorice, leather, blonde tobacco, candied orange peel, damp forest floor and  mushroom. Graceful entry, showing textural lightness and understated finesse. Savoury. Finely formed. Articulated close.

Points 92+ TW





Squarcialupi

Cosimo Bojola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Translucent pale purple in colour. Aromas of wild  meadow flowers, with spiced candied orange. Red cherry, redcurrant, baked plum, reoccurrence of cherry syrup. Cool entry, lightly textured, with red fruits just packed in. Minerality comes and goes from mid palate to the finish, as to guide the linear profile of this wine. Needs bottle age.

Points 91 - 93 TW


Squarcialupi

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Pale garnet in colour. Aromatics of rose petal, liquorice and cherry. Black and red cherry, redcurrant, boysenberry, pomegranate and orange peel, sweet tobacco. Soft contours on entry. Light on its feet. Delicate and yet succulent. Leaves a fresh mouthfeel. Long close.

Points 92 TW


Squarcialupi

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2016

Pale ruby red in colour. Dark blue floral aromas with floral underbrush and black liquorice. Blackberry, blueberry, dark plum, pine needles, sweet tobacco, dark cherry, clove tones and orange peel. Agile. Rich and juicy. Exceptional fruit quality. Long articulated finish.

Points 93 TW



Tenuta Casenuove

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Pale ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, gardenia and oaky vanilla account for the opening aromas. Bing cherry, redcurrant, pomegranate, plum, leather, tobacco, balsam and black olive. Warm entry. Slight tannic bite, rapier acidity. Sour berries lead citrus fruit. Fresh mouthfeel and a hint of dryness on the finish.

Points 88 TW


Tenuta Casenuove

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Bright, pale ruby red in colour. Lifted aromas of violet, lavender and bluebell florals.

Blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, dewberry, balsam, sweet tobacco, liquorice, grilled Mediterranean herbs and black pepper. Medium to full in body. Agile. Juicy. Has a dense textural structure. A touch racy. Ripe black berry fruit prevail on the finish.

Points 93 TW


Tenuta Casenuove

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Medium ruby red in colour. Heady aromas of violet, amber, dried cherry and warm forest floor start the engagement. Dark cherry, pomegranate, boysenberry, cedar shavings blonde tobacco, mint and orange peel. Juicy upon entry. Crunchy but fresh blended tannins vie with tangy acidity. Medium bodied. Overall, a silky classic red with a good weighty structure. Long juicy close.

Points 95 TW



Tenuta di Arceno

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour with bright purple undertones. Aromas of red florals, warm cherry liqueur, sweet toasted tobacco and eucalyptus. Blackberry, medley of cherry, redcurrant, liquorice and asphalt. On entry: a jet propelled rush to the senses. A liquid pleasure bomb.The textural depth and volume would fill a galaxy! The cherry nuance is enough to captivate the imbiber, let alone all the other notes. Fine tannins balance out ultra fresh tangy acids. Energy just leaps out of the glass. Light saline savouriness. Persistent long close. Wow! Wow! Wow!

Points 98+ TW


Tenuta di Arceno

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Pale pink rose, bluebell and gardenia are all found on the floral bouquet. Red cherry, pomegranate, goji berries, raspberry, orange peel and damp forest floor. Elegant entry. Good structure and weight. Juicy. Savoury. Secondary nuances of lead pencil and a puff of chocolate powder. Persistent. Long articulated finish.

Points 94 TW


Tenuta di Arceno

Strada al Sasso

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Pale purple in colour with bright pink undertones. Red rose petal, violet, fresh crushed Mediterranean herbs, red berry and vanilla, all act as on introduction. Red cherry, boysenberry, orange peel, cedar shavings and salty liquorice. Warm broad inviting entry, noticeable interaction between all the elements that define this wine: starting with the ripe fruit, fresh crisp acidity, ultra fine tannins and complex minerality. So translucent. Long juicy finish.

Points 95+ TW





Tenuta di Nozzole

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale ruby red in colour. Elegant bouquet of rose petal and pale blue florals. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum, blackcurrant, blueberry and almond.  Earthy and savoury. Agile with great length. Tons of energy. Complex and layered minerality. Citrusy character. Needs time, not quite flushed through yet.

Points 93+ TW


Tenuta di Nozzole

La Forra

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Lifted aromas of black and red berry fruit, pale rose petal and gardenia florals. Red cherry, plum, liquorice, dry herbal notes and distant clove. Silky entry. Textural depth. Bursts into action following mid palate thanks to structured balance and fresh vivid acidity. Tightly wound, but polished.

Points 92 TW


Tenuta di Nozzole

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale ruby red in colour. Heady florals of violet, periwinkle and lavender. Rich palate of red cherry, blood orange, kirsch, mint, cedar shavings, liquorice and spice. Following entry, a rich textural definition with finesse and poise. Deceptively charming. Finish lasts for minutes.

Points 93 TW




Tenuta La Novella

Casa di Colombo

Chianti Classico DOCG 2019

Medium garnet red in colour. Lifted aromas of red rose petal, violet, orange blossom and star anise. Wild cherry, pomegranate, orange peel, cake spice, leather and mocha. Citrusy in temperament. Knife edge acidity leads the energy charge, supported by multiplex minerality, crunchy tannins and white smoke. Medium bodied. Broad and juicy on the close.

Points 92 TW


Tenuta La Novella

Piano del Sarti

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Deep ruby red in colour. Engaging fragrant canopy of spicy aromas, wild rose, patchouli, sandalwood and red peony. Blackberry, blackcurrant, damson, boysenberry, vanilla, clove and orange zest. Elegant and serious. Quietly explodes on the palate showing a line of ripe fresh fruit and lively minerality. Then tapers to a flavourful  juicy conclusion.

Points 93 TW



Tenuta San Vincenti

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Wild meadow florals with black cherry and violet all to be found on the bouquet. Blackberry, blueberry, blood orange, mild spice, liquorice and grilled Mediterranean herbs. Slight citrusy character appears on entry. Good energy. Compact tannins, rapier acidity. Vertical on mid palate then linear following.Touch inward looking. Interesting mix of minerality and orange peel on the tapered long close.

Points 91 TW


Tenuta San Vincenti

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of blackberry fruit, violet, bluebell and vanilla. Dark cherry, pomegranate, blackcurrant, blood orange and black tea. Warm rich entry, showing finesse and transparency. Vibrant acidity. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Lingers on the close

Points 91+ TW




Terra di Seta

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Bright, pale purple in colour. Heady aromatics of violet, lavender and hyacinth. Bing cherry, blackberry, dark plum, liquorice, menthol infused Mediterranean herbs, spiced orange peel and dark chocolate. Silky entry, tannins dissolved into the wine. Graceful. Mid weight. Would have benefited from a touch more weight, which may come with bottle age. Vivid acidity carries the wine to a medium length finish.

Points 91-93 TW


Terra di Seta

Assai

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2018

Pale purple in colour. Rose petal, red florals, red fruits and dark exotic spice account for the bouquet. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, blood orange, pomegranate, leather, damp forest floor and distant balsamic notes. Rich spicy entry, plush and silky. Creamy voluptuous showing. Minerality profile on the linear close.

Points 94 TW


Terra di Seta

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of red rose petal, Mediterranean scrub, and wild blackberries. Dark cherry, black currant, plum, tree bark, black tea, star anise and bitter orange peel. Floats on the palate. Breadth of flavour. Showing harmony. Mid weight. A tad tight with acidic tension on the finish. Promising. Needs time.

Points 91 - 93 TW





Terreno

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Medium red in colour. Aromas of red fruits, red rose and violet florals, spice and sweet tobacco. Red cherry, pomegranate, plum and boysenberry. Cool smooth entrance, showing fresh ripe fruit incased in translucent minerality. Tannins have nearly all but dissolved. Distant incense and aromatic tree bark on the medium to long close.

Points 92 + TW


Terreno

A Sofia

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Pale garnet in colour with bright pink undertones. A touch reductive as first, needed aeration. Seductive aromas of red fruits, spice, cedar, floral underbrush. Red cherry, plum, dewberry, candied orange peel, sweet tobacco and mocha. Rich palate. Elegant body. Saline infused energy. Plump and juicy. Silky tannins with vivid acidity. Stunning textural richness from the start to the finish.

Points 94 TW





Vallepicciola

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Aromas of violet, bluebell and gardenia. Dark cherry, blood orange, damp forest floor, black pepper and cedar bark. Cool entry. Distinctive racy personality. Balanced. Savoury. Juicy. Medium in texture. Mid weight. Magna rich mineral profile. Metallic earth notes on the medium length close.

Points 92 TW


Vallepicciola

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2019

Deep garnet red in colour. Aromatics of violet, flint, gunpowder smoke and white pepper. Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and wild cherry, tobacco, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Silky smooth entry, expands at pace across the mid palate showing depth and volume. Compact core ripe fruit surrounded by fine tannins and acidity all on a bed of layered minerality. So focused. Cherry and white smoke make an appearance on the finish. Impressive.

Points 95 TW


Vallepicciola

Lapina

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Medium purple in colour. Red rose petal, ginseng, violet, hyacinth and cedar shavings introduce the aromatics. Rainier cherry, redcurrant, sweet tobacco and spiced orange peel. Showing soft curves from the start, iron infused minerality. Fresh, clean and yet rich palate. Working on multiple layers on a linear trajectory. Loiters on the close.

Points 94 TW



Vecchie Terre di Montefili

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of cornflowers, violet, lead pencil, clove and cigar box. Blackberry, dark plum, sweet toasted tobacco and Rooibos tea. Warm rich entry saturates the palate. Iron infused minerality. Saline driven energy. Secondary notes of candied citrus peel and roasted almond. Balanced. Still tightly wound. Needs bottle age to relax and flush out.

Points 93 - 95 TW



Vignamaggio

Monna Lisa

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017

Pale ruby red in colour. Aromas of violet florals, orange peel, vanilla and sage. Red cherry, pomegranate, sweet tobacco, distant spice. Broad and juicy on entry, holding up very well against brutal 2017 vintage. Herbal in character. Medium length on the close.

Points 89 TW



Villa Calcinaia

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour with purple highlights. Aromas of red florals, redcurrant and exotic spice. Dark cherry, redcurrant, plum, goji berry, blood orange, liquorice and distant camphor. Warm entry. Vivid acidity lifts the palate. Rounded tannins vie with dusty minerality. Intense. Super expressive. Very serious. Long juicy conclusion.

Points 94 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Floral aromas of red rose petal, gardenia, ground ginger and blackberry. Rainier cherry, pomegranate, spiced orange peel, salty liquorice and crushed terracotta. Waves of minty freshness. Silky red with a razor sharp edge of acidity. Linear. Balanced. Focused.

Points 93 - 95 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna Bastignano

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of rose petal, violet, lavender and orange peel. Black berry fruits, mint, praline, fresh Mediterranean herbs. Cool entry showing core black fruit, charcoal minerality and dark baking spice. Powerful but refined. Long and focused.

Points 95 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna La Fornace

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Intense ruby red in colour. Aromatics of violet, hyacinth and peony, rose hip tea and oaky vanilla. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, rhubarb and prune, liquorice, leather and bitter chocolate. Cool entry. Berry character. Saline infused energy. Slight sour citrus notes lift freshness on the close.

Points 94 TW


Villa Calcinaia

Vigna Contessa Luisa

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2020

Deep ruby red in colour. High pitched floral notes of old English red rose, violet, wisteria and sweet hawthorn. Blackcurrant, boysenberry, orange peel, damp leaf litter, distant clove and star anise.Tangy acidity is interwoven with ripe fresh fruit, dusty but compact tannins. Chocolate and vanilla come and go on the finish, along with a puff of white smoke. Needs cellar time.

Points 94-96 TW



Villa Le Corti

Principe Corsini

Chianti Classico DOCG 2021

Pale purple in colour. Lifted floral aromas of violet, lavender and bluebell. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, sweet tobacco, new leather, black olive and dark chocolate. Very elegant body on entry. Agile with great length. Youthful with fine tannins. Medium bodied. Balanced. Broadens and starts to reveal depth and volume, relaxed progression to a long close.

Points 93 - 95 TW


Villa Le Corti

Principe Corsini

Corte Vecchia

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark blue florals, blackberry, dark spice. Blackcurrant, plum, cherry, blood orange, distant liquorice, eucalyptus and cedar bark. Warm rich entry, fruit energy enriches the palate alongside complex minerality. Compact. Balanced. A slight glance of oaky vanilla on the long finish.

Points 93 TW


Villa Le Corti

Principe Corsini

Don Tommaso

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

First tasted September 2022

Medium to deep ruby red in colour. Red rose petal, violet and bluebell florals. Red cherry, plum, liquorice, blood orange, dark spice and balsamic notes. Balanced. Juicy. Energy from zingy acidity carries through to the medium length finish.

Points 94 TW


Villa Le Corti

Principe Corsini

Zac

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2019

First tasted September 2022

Deep ruby red in colour. Heady florals of red and blue hues. Bing cherry, blueberry, damson, damp forest floor. Dense and tantalising. Polished. Savoury. Full of character. Still young but with plenty to say.

Points 95+ TW





Villa Trasqua

Fanatico

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Deep garnet red in colour. Aromatics of violet and bluebell florals with strawberry and star anise. Red cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant, cedar shavings, blood orange, herbs and underbrush. Coats the palate on entry, rich and dense. Interwoven acids and tannins form the base for spectacular fruit and mineral presence. Medium bodied. Focused. So alive and kicking to the long conclusion. Wow!

Points 95 TW


Villa Trasqua

Nerento

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Deep garnet red in colour with purple undertones. Aromatics of rose petal, hyacinth and violet. Dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry and oaky vanilla. Medium bodied. Restrained palate. Well, put together for such a difficult vintage. Not a Gran Selezione in my book. Sour drying notes on the close.

Points 89 TW



Viticcio

Chianti Classico DOCG 2020

Medium ruby red in colour. Aromas of dark purple florals, cassis and sweet scented tobacco. Blackberry, blueberry, plum, balsamic notes, star anise and clove. Deceptively charming on entry. All things seam to be in the right place. Secondary nuances of black tea and bitter chocolate. Wonderful rich mouthfeel on the long finish.

Points 93 TW


Viticcio

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018

Medium ruby red in colour. Red florals, balsam and eucalyptus account for the bouquet. Bing cherry, blackcurrant, black tea, dark chocolate, tea tree, liquorice and floral underbrush. Opens with textural resonance, alongside acidic energy. Compact. Linear. Juicy with gravitas. Long broad finish.

Points 93 TW


Viticcio

Prunaio

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2017

Medium garnet red in colour. Floral aromas of rose petal, gardenia and bluebell. Red current, red cherry, blood orange, liquorice, tanned leather, balsamic nuances and almond. On entry: sour cherry, vivid acidity and slight drying tannins. Tapers to a medium close. Good work here for a very difficult vintage.

Points 91 TW




Acknowledgement:

I wish to offer my sincere 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 to Silvia Fiorentini, Marketing and Communication Manager of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, whose continued support has been invaluable. TW





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