2019 Chianti Classico
While our Chianti Classico is unmistakably Tuscan in origin, it offers a level of depth, power, and concentration that is rare for its classification. The fruit—mostly Sangiovese—comes from some of the coolest blocks at our estate, which accounts for the wine’s vibrant acidity. The dominant flavors include plums, earth, cherries, licorice, and cedar.
The 2019 vintage had a late start. A cold winter with bountiful rain allowed the vines to sleep and for the ground water to be replenished. The cold weather carried through into spring, resulting in some rain in May that posed a challenge for flowering. The summer welcomed us with pleasant temperatures that heated up in August but were moderated by strategic rain. Fall consisted of beautiful warm days and cool nights, allowing for perfect ripening balance. Harvest began on September 14th with Merlot and ended on October 23rd with Sangiovese.
The 2019 Chianti Classico displays aromas of black cherry, orange peel, and subtle notes of cedar. The entrance to the palate is bright and invigorating – as one would expect a Chianti Classico to be – then slowly softens; revealing flavors of red raspberries with the earthy signature of Sangiovese. The finish concludes with spice notes of white pepper with hints of mint and licorice
93 Points, JamesSuckling.com, J.S., July 2021