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  • Caparsa Chianti Classico 2020


    “The 2020 Chianti Classico is one of the standouts of this vintage. Dark cherry, plum, spice, leather, menthol and licorice are all amplified in this decidedly potent Chianti Classico. In 2020, the Caparsa Chianti Classico is a bit broader than it usually is, but its balance is impeccable. The straight Chianti Classico is the humblest wine in the range, but in 2020 it is not too far behind the more ‘important’ wines, if at all! Don’t miss it. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 93 points

    Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni continues to turn out wines of tremendous character from his hillside vineyards in Radda. The 2021 Chianti Classico is one of the highlights of the year, while the 2020 Riservas are more variable.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Caparsa Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva 2016


    “The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Doccio a Matteo is powerful and deep, with tons of intensity and structure. High-toned aromatics add character along with an element of rusticity that nevertheless works quite well here. Macerated cherry, plum, leather, cloves, menthol and coffee all develop with time. A dollop of Colorino contributes further shades of nuance and complexity. The Doccio a Matteo is a compelling wine done in a decidedly old-school leaning style. Drinking window: 2020-2031. 94 points

    I was quite frankly blown away by the wines I tasted from Caparsa this year. Proprietor Paolo Cianferoni and his family craft deep, soulful wines loaded with character. The straight Chianti Classico (done mostly in cement) will give readers a terrific idea of the house style. There are two Riservas. The Doccio a Matteo, from vineyards in Radda, includes a dollop of Colorino, is aged in 10HL casks and has real sense of exoticness to it, while the Caparsino is 100% Sangiovese and is aged in 18HL casks for two years, which gives it a super-classic feel that is absolutely thrilling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Colonia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018


    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colonia is fascinating to taste next to the Rancia, as the two parcels are adjacent. Rich and substantial in the glass, Colonia is textured and ample, qualities that become increasingly apparent over time. Rugged, rocky terrain seems to amplify power, explosive verticality and acidity. Drinking window: 2026-2043. 97 points

    These new releases from Fèlsina will give readers a very good idea of the style of current vintages. The Fèlsina Chianti Classicos have generally been wines of power. What impresses me most about the flagship Rancia and Colonia in 2018 is their finesse. Readers on a budget will want to check out the straight Chianti Classico, a wine that offers superb quality and value, yet also has the potential to age. In short, this is another stellar set of wines from the team led by Giuseppe Mazzocolin and Giovanni Poggiali. Fèlsina fans will also want to check out the wines of sister estates Castello di Farnetella and Pagliarese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Vigneto Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2019


    “An icon wine of Tuscany, the Fèlsina 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (with 48,000 bottles made) is distinguished by its special aromatic fingerprint that truly brings us to a sense of place. At its heart, the wine reveals dark fruit and plum. More interesting, however, are the dusty mineral sensations that give so much texture and depth to the Rancia. These aromas can only be found in Sangiovese from the galestro and alberese-rich soils of Chianti Classico. This vintage follows up with sweet tobacco, toasted chestnut and scorched earth. Give this wine more time to flesh out and evolve in the bottle. Drink: 2024-2040. 94+ points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/23)

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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2021


    “Proprietor Giovanni Manetti could certainly rest on his laurels. The wines have been benchmarks for some time. In recent years, Manetti’s influence as a leader in Panzano and Chianti Classico has exploded because of his role as the President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. Instead, Manetti has continued to acquire vineyards and introduce new wines while also quietly refining his approach with the established labels. The 2020s are a bit reticent, but they have also begun to soften in recent months. An example is the 2020 Vigna del Sorbo, which was brooding when I first tasted it a few months ago but is quite a bit more refined in recent tastings. “Two thousand twenty and 2021 are pretty similar,” Giovanni and Bernardo Manetti recounted at Fontodi. “There were perhaps more extremes weather-wise in 2021, but we also had greater diurnal shifts and a later harvest under cooler conditions.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Fontodi Terrazze San Leolino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019


    “Here is yet another surprise from Fontodi born during the pandemic. A second new addition to the portfolio, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino is made with organic fruit from a parcel near the little chapel of the same name in the Conca d’Oro of Panzano. The winey team had noticed a difference in quality from this 4.5-hectare site with limestone alberese soils at a cool 450 to 500 meters in elevation. The best fruit from 15-year-old vines was put aside to make this 5,000-bottle inaugural release. The celebrated Vigna del Sorbo is not too far away, but compared to the wine made from that site, Terrazze San Leolino is sharper, more focused and offers streamlined fruit weight. The bouquet veers toward wild roses and Mediterranean herb, giving more vertical push to the aromas. The tannins are silky and polished. This new brand will grow slowly over the coming years. Drink: 2024-2040. 95 points

    Call it a “lockdown illumination,” the COVID-19 pandemic years were especially fruitful for Fontodi’s Giovanni Manetti. Given time to reflect and walk through his vineyard rows in the amphitheater of postcard-perfect vines known as the Conca d’Oro in Panzano in Chianti, Manetti decided it was time to enlarge his portfolio. Specifically, he sought an opportunity to better articulate the concept of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, which is in essence a perfect vehicle for a grand cru winemaking philosophy.

    His existing Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is a flagship for this highest category of the appellation, but alas, it represents just one vineyard site. Fruit is sourced from an area with a greater presence of schistous galestro for dark fruit, etched mineral notes and pencil shavings. Now, that wine can be seen in context. Two new wines, the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino and the Chianti Classico Pastrolo, are now in production. They come from radically different sites and soils.

    “We now have three wines to match three soils,” says Giovanni Manetti from his spacious tasting room while morning sun streams in from the windows.

    The Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino comes from a site in Panzano not too far from Vigna del Sorbo. However, this little parcel near the San Leolino country chapel is characterized by limestone alberese that makes fresh wines that are not as dark in character. Equally exciting is the Chianti Classico Pastrolo from old vines in terraced vineyards in high-elevation Lamole. This areas tends to have Macigno Toscano, or sandstone.

    The Conca d’Oro vineyard in Panzano in Chianti has both galestro and alberese with pietraforte (the same hard stone used to build Palazzo Pitti in nearby Florence) at the higher rim of the vineyard. Flaccianello della Pieve is a selection of fruit from various sites, with much of it coming from the areas with pietraforte.

    Giovanni Manetti is pushing the boundaries of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, and he is interested in capturing the freshness and transparency of wines identified by their soils. These efforts are timed to the announcement of the new Chianti Classico UGAs, or subzones.

    I also think this post–COVID era represents an exciting new start for Lamole, one of the most remote and untouched villages in the wider Chianti Classico appellation. Cooler growing sites are ideal for wineries looking for alternatives in a warmer climate. If a powerhouse estate such as Fontodi continues to invest in Lamole, we will certainly see more interest in the area in the years to come.

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/23)

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  • Fontodi Vin Santo 2013 (375ml)


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  • Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2020


    “The 2020 Chianti Classico is such a classy wine. Deep and layered, yet wonderfully translucent, the 2020 is one of the best editions of this wine I can remember tasting. Macerated dark cherry, kirsch, cedar and pipe tobacco open first, but what I am most drawn to is the wine’s textural resonance and sheer power. The 2020 possesses remarkable depth yet retains the transparency that is such a signature here. This is a fabulous showing. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 91 points

    My most recent visit to Isole e Olena was decidedly bittersweet. Paolo De Marchi turned out an exceptional set of 2020s, wines that are among his very best ever. However, the sale of Isole e Olena has been quite traumatic. It’s a complex subject, the result of a mix of family dynamics and the lack of an industry structure that could long-term stability. These factors are not unique to Isole e Olena but rather conditions that afflict all family-owned wineries in Italy. Personally, I would like to see more long-term thinking in Italy, but that is not typically part of the cultural construct here. New owners EPI Group, who also own Biondi-Santi, will surely put their own stamp on things. Obviously, it is much too early to know where things will go. Right now, I can only advise Isole e Olena fans to snap up the 2020s, as they are magical.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Isole e Olena Vin Santo 2010


    “If there is one winery that merits special recognition this year it is without question Isole e Olena. Paolo De Marchi presented a dazzling set of wines, starting with the 2017 Chianti Classico, a terrific example of the how the warm growing season added an extra element of dimension to some wines. Cepparello is so distinguished. What else is new? Today, readers don’t care much about international varieties in Italy. I will freely admit it – I am not a huge fan. But De Marchi has a rare talent in coaxing so much personality from his Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which are fabulous. I don’t think there is another winemaker in Italy who can match his skill across that many different varieties. And then there is the Vin Santo, which is everything Vin Santo can and should be. Don’t miss these wines.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2022


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  • Rocca di Montegrossi San Marcellino Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018


    “The 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto San Marcellino is a dark, brooding wine. Black cherry, incense, tobacco, cloves and a good bit of French oak infuse the 2018 with notable depth. This virile, imposing Gran Selezione impresses with its volume. For my taste, the French oak is on the edge of being too much. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 92 points

    This is a stellar set of wines from proprietor Marco Ricasoli Firidolfi. All of the wines are compelling, but as is the case with so many properties, I am super-impressed with the Chianti Classico, a wine that will give readers a very good idea of what the vintage is all about. The Rocca di Montegrossi wines are distinguished by tremendous purity of fruit and exceptional balance.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Villa Le Corti Cortevecchia Chianti Classico Riserva 2020


    “The 2020 Chianti Classico Riserva Cortevecchia (a certified organic wine made with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Colorino) offers a balanced sense of richness with velvety fruit sensations, black plum, grilled herb and blue flower. That delicate floral note and a slightly sweet mineral note is often found in wines from San Casciano Val di Pesa. Drink: 2023-2035. 93 points

    Duccio Corsini is behind one of my favorite brands from San Casciano Val di Pesa, Fico. Because these organic and biodynamic wines are quite fragile, we decided to wait until my next visit to the estate to taste the new release from Fico. However, you will find new releases from Villa Le Corti Principe Corsini reviewed here.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (09/23)

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