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.

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. […]

Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori’s Toscano Rosso continues to be a great value wine.  The 2015 vintage is quite the blend, featuring sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, syrah and merlot.  Yet it retains a sense of place, and is identifiably Italian in style in the glass.  The 2015 vintage is deeply coloured in the glass, with aromas of […]

Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2013

This is a very serious Bolgheri cabernet blend from Grattamacco in Tuscany.  Organically grown, it’s a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 10% sangiovese.   In the glass, it is a hypothetical cross between a Napa Valley cabernet and a Bordeaux from an outstanding year.  In terms of aroma, there’s […]

Tenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino 2012

From the 2012 vintage, this is a very good expression of sangiovese from Tenuta Buon Tempo in Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany.  A medium intensity ruby colour in the glass, the wine opens to aromas of chocolate, earth, licorice and dried cranberries.  The palate is full bodied, with quite firm but very fine tannins, high […]

Villa Antinori Toscana IGT 2014

Antinori’s Villa Antinori (red) is a very reliable wine, although I haven’t tasted it for years – the last vintage I reviewed was the 2006 vintage back in 2010.  It was an interesting wine to taste blind. Neither quite fitting the profile of a Chianti Classico (the acidity and tannins were not firm enough) nor […]

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 […]

Poggiotondo Chianti Superiore 2012

There’s always a slight legal mystery tour with European wine labels.  “Chianti Superiore” is another. From what I can tell, and feel free to correct me if you have found better sources, this label means it cannot be from the Chianti Classico subregion, must have a minimum alcohol of 11.5% and the wine must wait, […]

Poggiotondo Organic Chianti 2014

Organic Chianti.  Not something I’ve seen before, I think, but why not.  The aromatics are pleasingly typical of sangiovese in its Chianti guise.  Dust, earth and ripe black cherries.  The palate is mid weight, textural and savoury.  Lovely Chianti for $20. Rating: GoodAbv: 13%Price: $20Vendors and website: http://www.poggiotondowines.comTasted: 2016