Has Chianti Classico really come of age as a world-class wine?
“I have never tasted such an incredible Chianti Classico from the region between Florence and Siena in Tuscany, even though I have been tasting and visiting the area since 1983. The pure sangiovese showed the finesse and intensity of a great Barolo or Brunello, even Burgundy.” James Suckling
Ricasoli explained that the Brolio estate has 19 different types of soil, according to a study they commissioned with a research center in Italy. The soil types were then organized into five categories, and four vineyards were ultimately chosen for bottling. Other vineyards are currently under consideration for bottling.”
“Sangiovese is a very sensitive grape variety,” Ricasoli said. “So small changes in altitude, microclimate or soil might really give a different imprint [in the wine] and therefore can be extremely interesting.”
Ricasoli Chianti Classico Colledilà Gran Selezione 2019 – 97 Points Wine Spectator. $96.95 per bottle
Distinctly savory, this red delivers grassy, thyme and menthol aromas and flavors allied to notes of cherry, strawberry and loam. Angular and dense, with the fruit component emerging with air, this is long, complex and deftly balanced, revealing an aftertaste of cherry, berry, mineral and herbal accents. Best from 2025 through 2043.
Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Gran Selezione 2019 – 95 Points Wine Spectator. $69.95 per bottle
Polished and balanced, this red offers cherry, plum, floral, iron and tobacco flavors, with a kiss of vanilla. Focused, exhibiting a dense line of tannins, yet this is balanced and complex. Youthful, so be patient. Best from 2025 through 2042.
Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio Riserva 2019 – 93 Points WS $41.95 per bottle
Well-marked by new oak, offering cherry, plum, iron and spice aromas and flavors, this red is concentrated and vibrant. Delivers dense and interwoven tannins, with a lingering aftertaste echoing cherry, mineral and spice. Best from 2025 through 2040.
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