- Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2010 Product #27337 (In Stock)
Always solid, this is the best vintage yet for this Chianti producer located up near Florence. It's a round, black-fruited, wine loaded with soft black cherry and plum flavors and just the right touch of earthy spice. Soft and round from beginning to end, this is a great wine for burgers or just to sip on its own. A nice peek at the amazing quality from Chianti in 2010!
- Il Molino Chianti Classico 2009 Product #27658 (In Stock)
The “Il Molino de Grace” name refers to a 19th Century windmill on the Grace property and suggests how Frank and Tim Grace seek to keep their wines firmly anchored in Tuscan tradition. Their 2009 Chianti Classico embraces Sangiovese’s lighter, prettier, style of fruit and concentration over the darker, more oak-influenced, styles more common today. I love the bright and cheerful fruit and hints of violet here, but there’s plenty of stuffing and intensity, too.
“Violet, black currant, black cherry, cedar and black tea flavors hold court in this sleek, supple red, with a lingering spicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2020.”Wine Spectator 90 points
“The Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico is 100% Sangiovese and offers pleasant aromas of dried cherries and earth. It is soft and velvet smooth with good density of sweet red fruit on the palate. Aged for 11 months in stainless steel, French barriques and tonneaux, it shows good acidity and overall structure with a long finish.”i-Wine Review 90 points
- Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 Product #27433 (In Stock)
Always beautiful, delicious now, and able to grow in cellar. Huge scores and Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2012!
"Deep red. A hint of game complements aromas of fresh flowers and spicy red cherry. Supple and sweet, with brisk acidity framing the dark fruit and licorice flavors. For such a fresh wine, this boasts impressive texture and breadth. Finishes with very good balance and lift."International Wine Cellar 92 points
"The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva is striking. Succulent dark cherries, flowers, mint and licorice burst from the glass in this exuberant, sexy Riserva. The tannins are nearly buried by the opulent fruit, but the wine retains great balance, while avoiding any sense of heaviness. The 2009 captures the heat and richness of the year while never abandoning its classic sense of structure. This is a superb wine from Monsanto with plenty of upside potential. Sweet floral notes add an elegant, feminine touch to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021."Wine Advocate 93 points
"A powerful and opulent style, this red displays ripe cherry, black currant, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors. The tannins are gripping on the finish, which lingers with sweet fruit and mineral accents. Well-proportioned. Best from 2014 through 2021."Wine Spectator 91 points
- Castello Dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2010 Product #27042 (In Stock)
This is simply the best young Chianti Classico I’ve ever tasted, a wine of astonishing richness and depth, layered and complex, bursting with fruit, and long and refreshing on the finish. The 2009 was certainly lovely and well worthy of its 92+ point Wine Advocate rating, but the 2010 is better still – the best non-riserva Chianti I’ve ever had.
Part of the secret here is undoubtedly the 2010 vintage. As Wine Advocate reported, “In Chianti Classico, 2010 is shaping up to be a great vintage, perhaps one of the greatest. It was a cold year, with an irregular flowering that lowered yields, and a very late harvest. The wines possess stunning depth, well-delineated aromatics and massive structure. If I had to draw comparisons with recent years, I would say the 2010s have the aromatics of 2004, the fruit density of 2007 and the structure of 2006. Sounds pretty appealing, doesn’t it?”
The 2010 Rampolla Chianti Classico is, as Wine Advocate said about the 2009, “insanely beautiful.” Sweet black cherry, locorice, black tea and floral aromas burst from the glass. In the mouth, it's supple, silky and seductive with layers of flavors effortlessly coat your mouth - cherries, blackberries, mint, fresh leather and a touch of porcini all play a role. At once deeply rich and fantastically pure, it finishes with classic Chianti acidity and fine tannin. Stunning now, built to improve for a decade, this is delicious value.
- Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2009 Product #25787 (In Stock)
Just a terrific bottle of Chianti that’s ready to enjoy now with rich foods – think Tuscan steak! – or to improve for 8+ years in the cellar. A dark fruited, rich, wine with loads of ripe, sweet, fruit on the long finish. A gem.
“Wonderful aromas of blueberries and dark chocolate follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Solid and structured Chianti Classico. One of my favorite producers in the area. Better in 2012.” James Suckling 91 points
“An expression of darker fruit, this red remains fresh and defined by violet, black cherry and spice notes. Polished, but still marked by dense, edgy tannins, matched by sweet fruit on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2020. 600 cases imported.”Wine Spectator 92 points