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Felsina Chianti Classico 2017

This is an orthodox expression of Chianti Classico that would be a good choice for a blinding tasting.  It has a refined aroma of licorice and earth.  The palate has high acidity, medium tannins and medium length.  Perhaps lacking some stuffing, but elegant and pleasant.  Ready to drink now and over the next 5 years. …Continue readingFelsina Chianti Classico 2017

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Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2017

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.Continue readingCastellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2017

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Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017

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.…Continue readingAntinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017

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Poggerino Chianti Classico 2013

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…Continue readingPoggerino Chianti Classico 2013

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Tenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico 2011

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 Abv: 14%, Price: low…Continue readingTenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico 2011

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Poggerino Chianti Classico 2005

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…Continue readingPoggerino Chianti Classico 2005

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Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2011

Isole e Olena is located between Florence and Siena in Tuscany, and is a name not infrequently seen on Australian shelves.  The 2011 release of their Chianti Classico is a good one.  Ever so slightly cloudy in appearance, it has aromatics of fresh red plums, sour cherry and florals.  The fresh fruited character is particularly…Continue readingIsole e Olena Chianti Classico 2011

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Antinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico 2010

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…Continue readingAntinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico 2010

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2011

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…Continue readingCarpineto Chianti Classico 2011