Chianti, Tuscany

Casa Emma

Vignalparco Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

A wine I affectionately refer to as the “Goose Poop Wine”. This is a rather unique Chianti Classico in the Casa Emma line-up. The “Vignalparco” comes from a single 5-acre vineyard planted to Sangiovese that is solely managed by geese. That’s right, geese. In fact, the 2015 vintage marked the first year in which no mechanical vehicle of any kind even entered the vineyard! The geese eat insects and control weeds and grass and, of course, subsequently fertilize the vineyard.

This bottle was a pop and pour, served with our meal of pasta and sausage (a tomato-based sauce spiced with saffron). A striking deep ruby color with some noticeable sediment but nothing outrageous. Medium plus intensity. Red cherry fruit, underbrush, tomato leaf, an iron-rich damp earth thing on the nose. On the palate, tart cherry, almond skin, black lime (often used in Middle Eastern cuisine), and an almost sanguine-like character. Fine tannin; medium-plus acid; a long dry and satisfying finish. This paired fabulously with our meal and, compared with their standard Chianti Classico Riserva, a noticeably different expression of the terroir.
— 8 days ago

Hermes, Daniel P. and 4 others liked this

Castello di Ama

Gran Selezione San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2016

Can’t get enough Chianti. Great nose of cherry and rose. Some chocolatey fruits, hint of wood. Tannins pick up with time. Opened to pair with Melissa Clark’s ‘pizza chicken’. — 15 days ago

Alex, Andrew and 7 others liked this

Fattoria Selvapiana

Vigneto Bucerchiale Riserva Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese 2016

2021 winter. Though the first bottle was quite packed in and needed some time to unwind, this one was a little more open from the start, while still being obviously young and dense. Lots of black cherries, earth, orange and almond. — 3 days ago

Vignamaggio

Riserva Gherardino Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

Delicious and complex. Not yet fully mature. Striking, youthful color. Nose has tons of gravel, iodine, chokecherry liqueur. Concentrated and medium-bodied in the mouth. Great acids. Youthfully assertive but reasonably soft tannins. Flavors on the savory side and linger. Can’t wait until the Brasato is done to pair this. — 13 days ago

Sharon, Daniel and 15 others liked this

Monteraponi

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2018

Ordered this at a restaurant by mistake! An expensive mistake. It was beautiful, however. We do not deserve such a fine wine — 10 days ago

Alvin, Ericsson and 10 others liked this
Byron Hewett

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Yes you do. Life is too short to drink bad or mediocre wine!!

Castel Ruggero

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2014

Actually 100% Sangiovese. Intense and bright aromas of cherries, plums and violets. Bright cherry fruit flavor with notes of leather and clove. Rich supple tannins and nicely balanced acidity. Bright and fresh tasting. Thank you Chris B! — 18 days ago

Daniel, Paul and 2 others liked this

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Reserva Chianti Rufina Sangiovese Blend 2014

Fruity, richly tannic. Better with food, as many Italian wines are. Nipozanno has never disappointed me. Solid wines. — 7 days ago

Dawn, Severn and 1 other liked this

Ca' Rozzeria

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2016

Pop and pour, but could have used a decant. Notes from 1 hr open. On the nose: dried roses, orange peel, dried herbs, raspberry, sandalwood/vanilla. On the palate: solid acidity, building to the mid, where it turns to some nice black pepper spice, wild strawberry, blood orange, and drying, but finely grained and well-integrated tannin on the finish. Nice (drank with pizza). — 16 days ago

Josh, Bob and 8 others liked this

Isole e Olena

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2017

Cinnamon, dusty cherry. Medium plus acidity, medium body, medium plus tannin on finish. — 13 days ago

Eddie, Ira and 1 other liked this

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2017

Fragrant plums with a hint of sherry and oak. The sherry continues on the palet and then moves to limestone. Slightly bold and yet smooth on the finish. Garnet in color with some purple hues. A compliment to Asiago cheese, Italian pepperoni, Sicilian green olives and Italian sweet pickles… — 6 days ago