Chianti Classico, Chianti

Marchesi Antinori

Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2005

A production that was under the name riserva but which received the designation gran selezion in 2009.

Color still purple almost no signs of aging. The nose is super open on blackcurrant, leather, balsamic vinegar. On the palate the acidity is moderately strong, the tannins still present and alcohol is average. Very nice balance. Blackcurrant notes on the palate, cherries, leather and lots of herbs (oregano, sage etc). Tannins a little drying. The final is medium but very pleasant.

In all I was afraid that the bottle is too old for a 2005 vintage in Chianti but far from it. The wine still has a lot of fruit and some secondary but not tertiary notes. Sangiovese is so beautiful a grape for the long hau if it's done well!
— 3 days ago

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Azienda Agricola Montesecondo

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2017

Mushroom, soy, birch bark, roast game bird, roasted plum. The substantial VA is balsamic, savory and perfectly integrated. Pure class, as is everything I’ve ever tasted from this underrated estate. — 3 days ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Chip Hughes sounds like it is even better than the 2016I posted on.
Chip Hughes

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I find 2017 to be my kind of Chianti vintage, so you’ve got to discount my evaluation...unless 2017 is your idea of a great Chianti vintage too.
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@Chip Hughes Can not answer your question as I have not had any ‘17’s.

Castello di Monsanto

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

KL 24. Fruit forward, balanced slightly tight tannins. ready to drink now, but would like to try in a few years. Clay finish. — 11 days ago

Tenuta di Capraia

Gran Selezione Effe 55 Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2013

Great wine. Gran selezione is always a bit underwhelming to me but this one holds its own. — 4 days ago

P, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Castell'in Villa

Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2010

Drinking great with 2 hours of air. Showing some tertiary notes. Sweet red cherry, but dry and with damp earth. Long finish. — 16 days ago

Hermes, Ceccherini and 2 others liked this

Castello dei Rampolla

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

Blind tasted, couldn’t say if it was Chateauneuf or a mellow Montalcino or something else complex and satisfying — turns out it’s the latter — 2 days ago

Rocca di Montegrossi

Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2017

Jammy and smooth, perfect for an Italian dinner with bob and Marta at Justa Pasta in Portland. — 4 days ago

Castello di Gabbiano

Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2016

Ken Z

Forgot to log this one. Surprisingly good, at an affordable price ($15 ish). Well balanced, with enough grip to handle some meat, and enough fruit/acidity to pair with tomato sauce. Very well done. No formal notes taken.
90 pt range.
— 18 days ago

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Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2014

Medium garnet color, Medium tannins, plum and perhaps stewed prunes. Nose is really delightful. Not a rounded wine - hits too few notes. Nice when cooking short ribs on a wet, rainy Friday in November. — 19 days ago

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Marchesi Mazzei

Ser Lapo Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2016

Cherries, red plums, cloves, tart and velvety on the palate, structured and earthy. Can feel this one on my teeth. — 14 hours ago