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  • Antinori Tignanello 2019

    £128.95

    “The 2019 Tignanello is one of the most reserved, understated young wines I can remember tasting here. In so many vintages Tignanello is quite showy, but in 2019 the nervous energy and brightness of Sangiovese takes center stage. That’s intriguing, because the 2019 blend has a bit more Cabernet Sauvignon than normal, a decision made to compensate for some of the lighter qualities in the Sangiovese. With air the 2019 shows gorgeous depth and captivating inner perfume, even it it is clearly still coming together. The 2019 spent about 14 months in oak, with 50% new wood. Things are always in constant evolution at Antinori. This is the first vintage to incorporate some larger 500L barrels, an approach I think will work brilliantly. Drinking window: 2027-2041. 95 points

    “Two thousand-nineteen was a light Sangiovese year,” Antinori CEO Renzo Cotarella explained. “In Chianti Classico, it was mostly a cool year with some rain at the tail end of the season. As a result, we used more Cabernet Sauvignon than normal for Tignanello and bumped up the Franc in Solaia.” Antinori is another winery that has moved away from the high-octane approach of years past. Today’s wines offer plenty of depth, but greater vibrancy as well, something that works so well here, at the Antinori family’s Tignanello estate, home to both Tignanello and Solaia.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2018

    £46.95

    “The 2018 Haiku is fabulous, ln fact, the 2018 might be the best vintage yet, as it has a bit more resonance and persistence than some of the earlier editions. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and spice build into the resonant finish. 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 95 points

    Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti showed me a brilliant set of new releases during my most recent visit. The Ama wines are often showy when young, but they only reveal their true potential after a number of years in bottle. These are quite simply some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico readers will find. I was especially struck by the sublime magnificent 100% Merlot L’Apparita.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Castello di Ama L’Apparita 2017

    £159.99

    “The 2017 L’Apparita, Ama’s 100% Merlot, is silky, polished and exceptionally beautiful. In 2017, L’Apparita is restrained and elegant more than it is powerful. I have seen L’Apparita blossom with a few years in bottle. I imagine it will be the case here too. Today, L’Apparita is decidedly nuanced and elegant. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 96+ points

    It’s always a pleasure to taste the Castello di Ama wines, even if the range is a bit smaller this year. Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti have decided to give their San Lorenzo Gran Selezione more time in bottle before release, which does not surprise me given the personality of the year. There will be no Bellavista or La Casuccia in 2017, as Sebasti and Pallante did not feel the wines met their exacting standards. Although the Ama wines are quite plush and opulent, they really only blossom with time in the bottle, something I have been fortunate to witness on many occasions.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2018

    £52.99

    “The 2018 Fontalloro is bright, floral and full of energy. In most vintages, Fontalloro is quite open, but the 2018 is especially nervy and taut. That won’t be an issue in time, of course, but readers should plan on being patient. Sangiovese is so expressive here. A whole range of floral and savory accents lingers on the close.  Drinking window: 2026-2043. 95 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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  • Fontodi Case Via Syrah 2019

    £41.75

    “The 2019 Syrah Case Via is powerful, inky and expressive. A blast of inky dark fruit, espresso, licorice, cloves, game and leather infuses the 2019 with notable depth. This virile, somber Syrah has plenty to offer. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Dino 2019

    £39.95

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Dino is bright, fresh and vibrant. Crushed flowers, spice, sage and red berry fruit give this bold, pungent 100% Sangiovese tons of aromatic and flavor intensity. The 2019 is deep and so expressive, but also light on its feet, with a feeling of transparency that is beguiling. The Dino was fermented and aged in amphora, where it spent 15 months prior to being bottled. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 94 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2018

    £116.75

    “The 2018 Flaccianello della Pieve is another stellar wine from Fontodi. It is the richest Flaccianello ever made (in terms of dry extract), with elevated acidity that trails the 2016 by just a touch, but it does not taste like that at all. Dark cherry, violet, lavender, spice, mocha and graphite build with a bit of time in the glass. Like the Sorbo, the 2018 Flaccianello is not a wine of size, as in most previous years, but rather a wine that exudes vibrancy, energy and class from start to finish. I absolutely loved it. Drinking window: 2025-2048. 100 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2019

    £122.75

    “The 2019 Flaccianello della Pieve is another potent wine from Fontodi in this vintage. That said, it has more than enough mid-palate heft and overall intensity to balance its equally imposing tannins. Black cherry, mocha, licorice, lavender, spice and tobacco fill out the layers. The 2019 needs time to integrate its oak and for the imposing tannins to soften. Drinking window: 2026-2044. 94 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/22)

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  • Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Vistamare 2021

    £37.99

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  • Il Carnasciale Carnasciale 2018

    £69.95

    “This is a stellar set of wines from the Rogosky family, punctuated by an absolutely thrilling release of the flagship Caberlot. Made from a unique clone the marries the fruit opulence of Merlot with the aromatic intensity of Cabernet Franc, Caberlot remains one of the most distinctive wines in all of Tuscany. Ottantadue (Sangiovese), a more recent addition to the range, is also compelling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 2017 (1500ml)

    £250.00

    “The 2017 II Caberlot (Magnum) is so impressive. More than anything else, I am struck by how elegant and refined it is, especially for a year that was so warm and dry. Sweet red cherry, raspberry jam, espresso, wild fIowers, mint and dried herbs all grace the 2017, a wine of simply extraordinary beauty. Il Caberlot has previously been a wine of impact. The 2017 offers plenty of richness, but is also much more finessed than previous editions. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 97 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

    £73.95

    “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata is another fabulous wine from Paolo De Marchi. Readers will have to be patient with the 2017, as it is a very young wine. History has taught me the Cabernet here ages exquisitely, but it needs time. l expect that will be the case here as well. Opening a bottle anytime soon is likely to be a mostly academic exercise. Drinking window: 2027-2042. 96 points

    Paolo De Marchi showed me a stellar set of wines this year. What else is new? De Marchi describes 2018 as a growing season with abundant rain in spring, late summer and during harvest that required quite a bit of selection, whereas 2019 was warmer, but with no spikes. That is certainly how the wines taste. Both the 2018 Chianti Classico and Cepparello are a bit lithe, while the 2019 editions show more flesh and radiance. Wines from international varieties are way out of fashion these days, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the supremely high level of the Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon at Isole e Olena.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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