2013 Campogiovanni (San Felice) Brunello di Montalcino, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is a traditionally styled BdM.  Wonderful vintage.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, tea leaves, sandalwood, and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Excellent acidity.  On the palate, this is  lively.  Flavors of cherries, spice, forest floor and slight earthiness.  Long finish.  This is nice on its own but really needs food to shine.  A plate of your favorite pasta would be great.  Drink over the next eight to twelve years.  

2018 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, sandalwood and tea leaves.  Medium to full bodied.  Firm tannins.  This is young but reasonably accessible already.  On the palate, this is concentrated and deep.  Flavors of black cherries, slight anise and slight forest floor.  Long finish.  No harm drinking now but better to wait three to five years and then drink for ten to twelve after that.  A great match for Pasta Bolognaise.  

2020 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

One of the  best values in top Chianti, this is fairly priced, ageable and outstanding.  Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, sandalwood, spice, slight anise and black cherries.  Medium bodied.  Excellent acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cherries with some black cherries, anise and spice.  Long finish.  This is very nice on its own but it is made for food.  It will work with most foods (not seafood) and is a great choice with pasta or pizza.  Drink over the next twenty years.  

2021 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

I am a big fan of Costco/Kirkland wines.  They often don't get the credit they deserve as people consider them "discount" wines, but it seems they are usually well done and from very good source.  This one was tasted directly after tasting nice other Chiantis that were a couple of years of older and it showed just fine.  It turns out that this wine is made by Baron Ricasoli, a quality producer in Chianti.  Ruby/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight dust, tea leaves and spice.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has br

2019 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico Riserva Lareale, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo.  Ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, dust, sandalwood and herbs.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this has nice cherry fruit with some spice.  Good finish.  This is better with food and would work well with pasta with a red sauce.  Drink over the next eight to twelve years.

2018 San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

It was interesting trying this along side a bunch of Chianti Classico Riservas including this winery's 2019.  While both were good, I preferred the 2019 CCR.  And, its half the price.  This is inky purple in color with slight ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose comes across very "Bordeaux" like.  Aromas of black cherries, cigar box, fresh tobacco and spice.  Light to medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cherries, sour cherries and slight forest floor.  Good finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for another six to nine years.  It will be b

2019 Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Another great value in Chianti.  Ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with cherries, thyme, and sandalwood.  Light to medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cherries and some sour cherries.  Good finish.  This is an easy drinking wine that is ready to go.  Better with food, this would be perfect with weeknight Spaghetti & Meatballs.  Drink over the next couple of years.

2019 San Felice Chianti Classico Il Grigio Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

Ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is slightly earthy with cherries, anise, and spice.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is tasty with sour cherries, black cherries, herbal notes and spice.  Good finish.  This is drinking well and should continue for another ten years.  Better with food although nice on its own.  Braised meats would work well (and of course, Fava Beans and Liver).  

2017 Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

In a recent tasting of Chianti Classico Riservas, this was the (surprise) winner of the tasting.  Ruby in color with some purple hues in the core, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, some salinity, and spice.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, black cherries with a wile thyme note.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This is fully mature and ready to drink.  It will be better with food.  Drink over the next five years.  A perfect choice for a Wednesday Meatloaf or Burger.  Great value.  

2019 Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

Nice showing for Banfi, one of the largest wineries in Tuscany, now owned by two of the grandchildren of John Mariani, an American who made his wine fortune selling Riunite.  Ruby in color with slight purple swirls, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, tea leaves, and sandalwood.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, there is some complexity with nice black cherry fruit.  Good finish.  This is accessible and drinking well.  It won't improve but should drink well for another five to eight years.  Better with food, this is a great choice with Lasagna.  Outstand

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