2016 is such a great vintage for Chianti's so there was a lot of hope for this. It is solid but there are a lot of better values in the market. Ruby in color. The nose has cherries and slight hay. On the palate, this is light to medium bodied. Strong acidity. Some cherry fruit. Simple. It requires food and worked fine with some pasta. It started to show some volatile acidity after a few hours. Drink now.
I love Chianti. My favorite winery there is Felsina. This is their top Chianti. it is rare and expensive. It is 100% Sangiovese from the Rancia vineyard's highest growing vines. The wine is quite concentrated and complex. Deep ruby in color. On opening, this was tight but with a couple hours of air, it opened beautifully. Lots of cherries and black cherries on the nose along with some char and a bit of a pine forest. On the palate, this is bold with firm tannins. Lots of cherry fruit.
A definite step up from the 2014 and back up to their usual standards. This is usually an easy choice for a go to value in Chianti and wine in general. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, slight anise, slight forest floor. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Very smooth texture. Nice juicy cherry fruit with some underlying damp earth. Nice acidity. Well rounded. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and will continue for at least a decade, probably more. A great match with pizza or pasta for sure.
One of my go to Chianti's. Truly a consistently great value. 2016 is another great vintage in Chianti in general and for this wine. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight black cherries, tea leaves and just a bit of fennel. On the palate, this is medium bodied. A nice backbone of acidity. Concentration and depth that will undoubtedly unwind into layers as it ages. Right now lots of cherries on the palate. This drinks well on its own but really is better with food. Of course, pizza and pasta with tomato sauce but almost any meat or fowl or vegetable dish will work. D
OK. So when we did this tasting, we had six Chianti's. I went thru the lineup. Then we invited friends over and about ten more people tried the wines. I revisit them that night, the next night and finish on day 3. This was almost the unanimous wine of the night. If it was labelled Brunello or even a Super Tuscan, i think the scores would have been higher. Of course, there is always something that says the best Chianti's can't score that high. I have never subscribed to that philosophy as producers like Felsina and Fontodi deserve higher scores. Well add this one to the list. A bl
This is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Colorino. Purple with ruby swirls. It is very tight on opening but with air opens to black cherry fruit. The nose is easy and enjoyable. On the palate, the black cherries come thru. This seems ripe and has an almost cough syrup quality to the cherry fruit. A bit of anise on the finish. Firm tannins. This is concentrated but seems more about fruit than a typical Chianti. That proved to be a good thing in a tasting. It will be interesting to see how this ages from here. It seems like there is room to improve over the next few years. It sho
This is a 100% Sangiovese wine that utilizes certified organic grapes. And, of course, 2016 is an excellent vintage for Chianti. This wine is superb. The cork was quite tight and took some effort to extract. The wine is deep garnet in color, purple at the core. Mostly opaque and dark. On the nose this has big black cherry fruit, slight black licorice and just of touch of earl grey tea. On the palate, this has a lush texture. Plenty of black cherry fruit with cherries. It is still somewhat tight and young. Firm tannins. Long finish with an interesting anise note. This will need a
This was quite good. In general, 2011 is a good, not great vintage in Chianti, but this was very good. It is a very classic Chianti for all of the right reasons. Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes. Medium/dark ruby in color. Clear and bright. The nose is very nice. It is earthy with macerated cherries and fresh cherries along with a sweaty note. Sort of a rustic Tuscan quality. On the palate, this has bright cherries over a forest floor. Very firm tannins. Long finish. It was tasted and about half consumed, then a neutral cork inserted and left over night on the counter. Better o
My first time trying his producer and I am impressed. it is 100% Sangiovese with 13% abv. Ruby in color, with just a hint of orange/brown. The nose shows a very slight oxidation. Not sure if that is age, style or the cork, but not enough to be an issue. There is also a slight volatile acidity. Again, not enough to be an issue. In fact, the two together gives this wine an impression of being just a bit older than it is, but it is still drinking well. Finally, the nose also has cherries and a warm, earthy forest quality to it. On the palate, this has a very nice mouthfeel. Medium ta