This year the Chianti Classico Collection was staged in one of the symbolic places of the Florentine Renaissance, the Chiostro Grande del Museum of Santa Maria Novella, the Dominican convent dating back to the XIV century of the homonymous Basilica. Splendidly frescoed, it is the largest cloister in the city, built in the mid-1300s, which leads to the ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella and the Chapel of the Popes, built inside what were the papal apartments, the "Laterano fiorentino ”, frescoed by a young Pontormo.
In tasting the Black Rooster in its declinations: 196 vintage Chianti Classico labels, in addition to 9 previews of the 2020 harvest, 139 of Chianti Classico Riserva and 98 of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and the wines suitable for becoming. To complete an already rich tasting also the amber nuance of the Vin Santo del Chianti Classico, presented by 35 companies, and the green gold of the Chianti Classico DOP Oil, with 34 labels.
A territory, that of Chianti Classico, which today it is possible to discover and get to know in a clear and understandable way, thanks to the brand new geoviticola map of the denomination, accessible from the "municipalities" page of the official website of the Chianti Classico Consortium (https://www.chianticlassico.com/territorio/comuni/). An in-depth tool, accurate and at the same time simple in approach thanks to the subdivision into 11 cartographic units identified having in mind first of all the vine and its relationship with the soils and precisely the geology, the result of collaboration with prof. Simone Priori, University of Tuscia.
"We finally have a tool that allows us to tell with a common language the land on which we winegrowers walk every day - declares the President Giovanni Manetti - our consumers and our interlocutors on the markets are increasingly interested in the area of origin, and less and less in the technical details of aging, and geology is an essential element to describe a territory, to define its uniqueness. We can finally tell the story of Chianti Classico from its dawn, 145 million years ago. "
My tasting focused on the Gran Selezioni type, wine produced from single vineyard or from a selection of the best grapes exclusively owned by the company. Minimum aging: 30 months, 3 of which are in bottle. Organoleptic characteristics of excellence.
2019 is certainly a winning year for Chianti Classico, brilliant, savory and well-structured wines, a vintage that over the years will be able to tell wonderful wines. The Gran Selezioni are the consortium's choice of style: wines that represent the excellence of each winery, in each bottle we find the most authentic characters, and the warmest nuances of each Chianti Classico area.
- CHIANTI CLASSICO VINTAGE 2019
Castellare di Castellina 2019 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, floral nose with notes of raspberries and lavender, crunchy sip with good flavor and persistence. Gastronomic !!!
Ama Castle 2019 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with purple reflections, fruity nose with notes of raspberry, Mediterranean scrub and white spices. Rich palate, with marked minerality, with good persistence.
Vallepicciola 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby with purple nuances, floral nose with hints of lavender, blackberry and white pepper. Relaxed palate with good persistence and references to mentholated notes. Gastronomic !!!
Castles of Grevepesa - Clement VII 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, dark fruit on the nose, ripe plum and toasted notes. Crunchy and tasty fruit on the palate, mentholated finish.
Montecchio Farm 2018 | ⭐⭐
Brilliant ruby, ripe fruit, undergrowth and menthol notes on the nose. Rich and soft palate, with hints of coffee and Mediterranean scrub.
Boxing day 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with purple reflections, blackberry and raspberry on the nose and a pleasant nuance of Mediterranean scrub. Pleasant and soft palate, with flavors of ripe red fruit, of good persistence.
- Grand Selection 2018
Luiano - Eighty-one | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with purple reflections, balsamic nose with references to blackberry and a fine final spiciness. Rich and juicy palate, dense and pleasant tannins. Gastronomic !!!
Felsina - Cologne | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, balsamic nose with notes of coffee and ripe plum. Mineral and tasty sip, with references to the undergrowth and a fine finish of lavender.
Land of Silk - A lot | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby red with purple reflections, soft and composed nose with hints of ripe plum and undergrowth. Dry palate, still crunchy fruit with a pleasant aromatic finish.
Bibbiano - Montorello vineyards | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby with purple reflections, wide and vinous nose with notes of plum, leather and aromatic. Elegant and mineral sip, with flavors of cherry and violet. Gastronomic !!!
Fonterutoli Castle - Badiòla | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, distinct nose with hints of berries, menthol notes and dark spices. Rich, ripe and juicy sip, crunchy pulp. Good persistence
Volpaia Castle - Coltassala | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby with violet reflections, harmonious nose of raspberry and withered red flowers and a fine spiciness. Fresh and lively palate, with hints of violet. Of good persistence.
Fontodi - Vigna del Sorbo | ⭐⭐
Ruby with violet nuances, cherry in alcohol, black cherry and white spices on the nose. Rich and fruity sip, with references to ripe plum and blackberry. Good persistence
Molino di Grace - The Margone | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, fresh and slender nose, with hints of violet and blackberry. Sweet palate with notes of red fruit, vanilla and cinnamon. Of good persistence
Marchesi Antinori - Badia a Passignano | ⭐⭐
Ruby with violet reflections, lively and fresh nose with notes of licorice and undergrowth fruit. Fleshy and crunchy palate, with hints of ripe purple fruit.
Ricasoli - Castle of Brolio | ⭐⭐
Ruby with violet reflections, peppery nose stand out the currants and ripe raspberries. Clean sip with hints of violet. Dense and well integrated tannins.
- Grand Selection 2017
Fattoria Le Fonti - poggino | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, elegant nose with notes of licorice and undergrowth, relaxed sip with notes of caramel and vanilla on the finish.
Bindi Sergardi - Mocenni 89 | ⭐⭐⭐
Brilliant ruby red with orange reflections, distinct and elegant nose, with hints of plum and balsamic nuances. Lively and fruity palate, with notes of caramel and coffee at the end.
Acquadiaccia | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, dark fruit on the nose, menthol notes and coffee. Dry palate with a dense tannic texture, acid shoulder still alive.
Castellinuzza and Piuca - Vigna Piuca | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, mineral nose with notes of ripe fruit and coffee. Compound and crunchy sip, tannins still to evolve.
Albola Castle - The Solatio | ⭐⭐
Ruby with purple reflections, shy nose with notes of fruit in alcohol. Relaxed sip with hints of cherry and aromatic herbs. Of good persistence.
Castello di Gabbiano - Gold Knight Beauty | ⭐⭐
Ruby with garnet reflections, sweet nose with notes of coffee and leather. Smooth sip with hints of dried fruit.
Meleto Castle - Vigna Poggiarso | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby with violet reflections, rich nose with bright menthol notes, ripe plum and dark spices. Soft and rich palate, well integrated tannins and a closure of ripe raspberries.
Rocca Castagnoli - Stielle | ⭐⭐
Ruby with violet reflections, fresh and fruity nose, with notes of ripe cherry and a fine white spiciness. Rich and vigorous sip, with flavors of raspberries and red flowers.
San Felice - The Gray | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, spicy nose with cherry and leather nuances. Savory and distinct sip, vigorous tannins and toasted finish.
Lilliano estate | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, mineral nose with hints of undergrowth and toasted notes. Soft and rich sip, with an important acid shoulder.
Vignamaggio - Mona Lisa | ⭐⭐
Ruby with purple nuances, ripe and spicy nose, with notes of caramel and licorice. Round sip, with a nice acid dominant in closing. Good persistence.
- GRAND SELECTION 2016
Monsanto Castle - Vigna il Poggio | ⭐⭐
Ruby with purplish nuances, hints of cherries in alcohol and Mediterranean scrub on the nose. Rich palate with hints of raspberry, with a spicy note at the end.
Cinciano | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with orange nuances, bright notes of currant and licorice on the nose and an enveloping tobacco finish. Lively and round mouth with flavors of blackberry and lavender. Good persistence
Colle Bereto | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with purple nuances, toasted notes, caramel and ripe dark fruit on the nose. Palate composed with a long acidic shoulder and hints of coffee. Medium persistence
Dievole | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, shy nose with notes of ripe cherry and violet. Insipid and long-running sip, muscular tannin.
Principe Corsini - Villa Le Corti - Don Tommaso | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with purple nuances, violet nose, cherry in alcohol and black cherry. Lively palate, savory with bright tannins, hints of caramel on the finish.
Ruffino Riserva Ducale | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby, mineral nose with hints of plum and undergrowth. Lively palate with flavors of cherry, nervous tannins.
Santo Stefano | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby with purple nuances, mineral nose with notes of violet, plum and a fine spiciness. Happy sip with references to plum and Mediterranean scrub. Long persistence.
Estate of Nozzole - Giovanni Folonari | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby with orange nuances, nose with toasted notes and fruit and leather. Soft and composed sip, with references to currant and chocolate.
The week of Tuscan previews ends with a toast together with my beautiful travel companions: Raffaele Vecchione, Francesca Granelli and Luca Grippo.