This is quite a youthful and restrained Chianti Classico from Castellare di Castellina and the 2017 vintage. It has aromas of redcurrants, red fruits and firm tannins. This wine will suit another 3-5 years in bottle before approaching it or a long decant. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Website: http://www.castellare.it. Reviewed: January 2020.
This is a good wine at a fair price. Lightly coloured in the glass, the 2017 vintage of Antinori’s Peppoli Chianti Classico has typical sangiovese aromas of sour cherry and licorice. The palate has firm tannins and good length. This wine can be approached now, but will suit a couple of years in the cellar. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $27. Website: https://www.antinori.it/en/. Reviewed: October 2019.
This is an excellent release of Poggerino’s Chianti Classico, a producer I have returned to again and again over the years. The estate is organic and has only 11 hectares under vine. The 2013 vintage tasted here reminds of why I liked the producer in the first place. And despite my musing the other week that I hadn’t seen much organic Chianti, it turns out I have been drinking it for years and just didn’t know it. Not the worst outcome really. Poggerino’s 2013 Chianti Classico (sangiovese) has aromas of cherry, earth and tar. The palate has towards long length, lovely firm tannins and is in balance. Recommended.
Rating: Good to Very Good
Vendors and website: http://poggerino-chianti-italy.com/winery/
This is an excellent Chianti Classico, and one to buy. It has aromatics of earth and sour dark cherries. It is the palate though that excels. Earthy with an impression of ripe dark cherries and good length on the finish. The texture drew me in most: soft, fleshy and balanced. VG
Poggerino’s Chianti Classico is a label I have largely forgotten about for no particular reason. This example drawn straight from the cellar wears its ten years of age with seemingly little effort. Still developing rather than mature, its aromatics remind of licorice, earth and crunchy blackberries. The palate, initially stern, warms to food and relaxes with air and heat. It reveals similar flavours to its aromatics, an exercise in blackberry and earth. The bottle disappeared quickly with each glass more compelling than the prior. Decanting and warming to room temperature suggested.
Antinori’s Pèppoli Chianti Classico from the 2010 vintage is quite an elegant expression of sangiovese. It has aromatics of hazelnut chocolate, earth and savoury cherries. The palate is balanced and elegant, with a medium weight and length expression of earth and more savoury cherries. The tannins are well hidden for sangiovese. Overall, this release is a lovely balanced wine that is ready to drink now.
Carpineto have fashioned quite a good Chianti Classico here. Made principally from sangiovese grapes, the wine has a medium intensity ruby colour in the glass. Its aromatics are developing, with expressions of cedar, plum, earth, mulberry, dark olive, anise and smoke. The palate is dry with medium to high tannins that are mostly fine grained if a bit drying, a full body, high acid and flavours of plum, mulberry and dark olives, with a touch of bitterness on the medium length finish. This is quite a moreish wine that pleases for the price. Good
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Region: Chianti Classico
Drink with: red meat dishes
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Tasting through a variety of Italian wines this weekend, it yet again reminded me of how much there is to learn about the wines and grapes of this country. De-coding Italian wine labels continues to require some effort on my part, and if people criticise German wine labels for incomprehensibility, then Italy has been hiding in the corner. It took me nearly an hour of research just to get the appellation labels right (I always label each post with the appellation).
In the interests of economy of expression, here are three wines that I liked, one in between, and in the interests of balance, two that I wasn’t so excited by.
Cantina Santadi Villa Solais, Vermentino di Sardegna 2009, around $20 (current vintage)
I am not cool enough to drink a lot of vermentino, but this one’s a pretty good one. Bright apples and salt on the nose. High acid, cereal, old wood and citrus on the palate. Slightly lolly? Medium length ties the wine together, leaving a balanced impression and a moreish sensibility. A second bottle was oxidised. If this is evidence that vermentino may not keep particularly long, on this tasting, I would certainly give the current vintage a go. Good to Very Good
Castello di Querceto Il Picchio, Chianti Classico 2008, around $40 (current vintage)
Purple in colour. Aromatics of struck match, straw and Christmas cake. The palate is earthy, plummy, acid edged, a buttery lactic character if you look for it, and medium to long length. What I am looking for in a Chianti Classico. Very Good
Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto, Colli Martani 2008
Aromatics of chalk and old wood. The palate has lemon citrus, between medium and full body, and nice length. The sort of wine you could drink all day. Good to Very Good
The in between
Morgante Nero D’Avola, Sicilia IGT 2009, mid $20s
The not so good
Vivian Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore, Valpolicella Ripasso 2007, around $20 (current vintage)
Aromatics of oak, weeds, dust, capsicum and cloying plum. The palate is smokey, dusty and capsicum like. These flavours – sort of Leeuwin Estate cabernet sauvignon like (at least prior to their recent viticultural improvements) – will appeal to some, but not me I’m afraid. Acceptable
Dei, Rosso di Montepulciano 1998, around $20
This wine may have been good, but it is well past its best. The plateau of drinkability was ascended, descended and then had time to write its memoirs. Only dried tea leaves, thin and old oak remain. Acceptable
Though never far off the pace, the 2009 vintage appears to be a return to strong form of this producer’s ever reliable Chianti Classico.
A bright medium intensity ruby in colour. Blackcurrants, spices, herbs and dried rose petals about sum up the medium intensity aroma of this wine. On the palate, medium-high acidity and body are coupled with medium length, spices and black fruits. This is a balanced wine that will suit drinking over the next few years. 86 points.
Tasted: October 2011