One hundred journalists and 80 companies participated in the 'Chianti Lovers - Preview 2021 - Press Edition', the preview promoted by Chianti Wine Consortium and the Morellino di Scansano Protection Consortium that this year, due to the anti Covid measures, was staged as a working day reserved exclusively for journalists. There were over 160 labels for tasting: Chianti DOCG Vintage 2020, Superiore 2019 and Riserva 2018, to be released in 2021.
Many 2020s in tasting for both Chianti and Morellino di Scansano wines have proved to be wines with really high qualitative elements: clean and luxuriant fruity but also high polyphenolic potential, wines that are still very young that are on their way to becoming masterpieces. After all, the 2020 vintage was a happy one for both Chianti and Morellino: dry and sunny spring with sufficient and well-distributed rainfall, summer instead was hot with some rain.
For this reason my tasting focused on the 2019 vintage, ready-made wines that express well the nuances and characters of each Chianti territory, for the Morellino instead I tasted the 2018 reserves, which confirm the direction taken by many winemakers to produce wines of structure and great longevity. One way to remove this wine from the cliché that assimilated it to a simple aperitif wine.
Below is a selection of Chianti wine tastings:
Marzocco di Poppiano 2019 | ⭐⭐
Ruby, geranium nose, ripe fruit and dark nuances of coffee and chocolate, lively sip and a tannic texture still to be refined, of good persistence.
La Querce 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Brilliant ruby, ample and elegant bouquet of red fruit and Mediterranean scrub, compound sip enriched with pleasant caramelized notes.
Malenchini 2019 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with violet reflections, red flowers, raspberries and a bouquet of Mediterranean scrub stand out on the nose, relaxed and satisfying sip, well-developed tannins.
Sonnino Castle 2019 | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, discreet nose with notes of ripe fruit and nuances of coffee, soft sip with hints of candied orange, medium persistence
Selvapiana Farm 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby, violet nose, blackberry, raspberries and a fine spiciness, relaxed and crunchy sip, long persistence.
Villa Travignoli 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense and brilliant ruby color, elegant nose with notes of ripe fruit, Mediterranean scrub and spicy notes, rich palate with hints of vanilla, long persistence
Superiore Castello del Trebbio 2019 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red, hints of cherry and white spices on the nose, lively palate with a long acidic shoulder.
Superior Farm Villa Saletta 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, wide and dark fruity nose with undergrowth nuances, rich crunchy sip, with a pleasant toasted finish, long persistence.
Superior Bird Farm 2019 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, raspberries and wild strawberries on the nose, relaxed palate with hints of Mediterranean scrub with aromatic herbs, well-developed tannins.
Superior Piccini 2019 | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby ruby color, wide nose of raspberries, strawberries and hints of violet, rich and well balanced sip. Gastronomic !!!
Chianti Superiore Usiglian del Vescovo | ⭐⭐⭐
Bright ruby, fine nose with blackberry and raspberry with a pleasant finish of coffee, relaxed and satisfying sip, with memories of red flowers.
Piandaccoli Reserve 2018 | ⭐
Ruby with garnet reflections, shy nose with hints of wood and leather, soft palate, medium persistence.
Tenuta Castelfalfi Reserve 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, dried fruit, spices and toasted notes on the nose, composed palate and well-developed tannins.
Castelvecchio di San Casciano Reserve 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby, violet nose and caramelized notes, relaxed sip with hints of fruit in alcohol, medium persistence.
Fattoria Betti Reserve 2018 | ⭐⭐
Brilliant ruby, fruity and mineral nose, notes of Mediterranean scrub and spices, smooth sip with hints of currant, still lively tannins.
Tenuta di Morzano Reserve 2018 | ⭐⭐
Brilliant ruby red with purple reflections, nose with a bright violet violet and a fine spiciness, relaxed palate with notes of fruit in alcohol and currants, tannins to be developed.
Reserve Marchesi Gondi 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, lively nose with red fruit and flowers, relaxed palate with nuances of currant and raspberries.
Below is a selection of Morellino di Scansano tastings:
Morellino Reserve Belguardo 2018 | ⭐⭐
Ruby with orange reflections, dark fruit on the nose, toasted notes and tobacco, a decisive attack on the palate with a relaxed tannic texture.
Morellino Riserva Bruni 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby orange reflections, wide nose of red fruits, leather and spices and vanilla, rich and composed sip with nice hints of chocolate
Morellino Riserva Cantina Laselva 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby purple reflections, cherry, violet nose and a pleasant nuance of incense, rich palate with a good acid boost, and long-lasting memories of lavender.
Morellino Reserve Wine cellar of Scansano "Roggiano" 2018 | ⭐⭐
Ruby orange reflections, peach in spirit and toasted notes on the nose, relaxed palate with hints of tobacco and spices
Morellino Reserve "Sycamore" Wine Cellar of Scansano 2018 | ⭐⭐
Ruby orange reflections, shy but elegant nose of ripe fruit and leather, straight and composed palate, well-developed tannins.
Morellino Reserve Col of Berries 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, dark fruit, juniper and mineral scents on the nose, relaxed palate with a well-balanced acidity.
Morellino Reserve Le Pupille Farm 2018 | ⭐⭐
Ruby violet reflections, violet and strawberry nose, lively and fruity palate, with memories of Mediterranean scrub and juniper, of medium persistence.
Morellino Reserve Mandorlaia boulders 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, wide nose of blackberries, currant and Mediterranean scrub, rich and relaxed palate with a toasted finish and fruit in alcohol, with good persistence
Morellino Reserve Morisfarm 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Ruby violet reflections, cherry and orange and vanilla notes stand out on the nose, sip rich in crunchy fruit, with good persistence
Morellino Reserve Saint Lucia 2018 | ⭐⭐⭐
Intense ruby color, dark fruit on the nose and notes of leather and spices, harmonious sip, with a nice acid boost and a coffee finish.
Morellino Reserve Val di Rose - Cecchi Estate 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections, on the nose raspberries, ripe currants and nuances of chocolate and stain, rich and well balanced sip, the toasted notes and caramel nuances stand out.
Morellino Reserve Val di Toro 2018 | ⭐⭐
Intense ruby red with garnet reflections, dark fruit on the nose and nuances of fruit in alcohol, relaxed palate composed, with notes of chocolate, of medium persistence.
A personal thanks to all the guys of the AIS sommelier service who at any time were able to interpret the difficulties of the moment due to the pandemic, and used all possible precautions to carry out a service of the highest quality.