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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Report from: Chianti Classico Tasting – February 15-16, 2016
371 wines … 172+ producers … 7 vintages represented (2006 -2014) … 2 days … 1 enormous room for tasting – This is the Chianti Classico tasting 2016 and this is the pinnacle of the week – yes they start with it, but it’s the biggest tasting, the crown jewel, the reason we all gather.
“The 2016 edition of the Chianti Classico Collection marks the beginning of the 300th anniversary celebrations, commemorating 24th September 1716 when Grand Duke Cosimo III dei Medici issued the ordinance ‘On the Declaration of the boundaries of the four regions of Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano and Valdarno Superiore’ … a DOC appellation ahead of its time.” – Sergio Zingarelli, President Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico
I tasted close to 200 wines to get a sense of the vintage, the ageing potential and my overall satisfaction with the wines that are coming and the wines that have been – I stayed away from barrel samples (mostly) trying finished wines that dated all the way back to 2006.
Below is a list of the wines that truly represented, to me, the best of the Chianti Classico wines I tasted (in alphabetical order by producer / by star rating), also broken down by classification: Classico, Classico Riserva and Gran Seleczione.
Badia a Coltibuono 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva “Badia a Coltibuono”
Castello di Volpaia 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva “Coltassala”
Tenuta di Arceno 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva “Strada al Sasso”
Gran Selezione DOCG …
On the first day many writers start with these wines and ignore the “simpler” wines saving them for the following day – thus when I get around to tasting them many are finished / unavailable … in my opinion Gran Selezione should be the reward, the dessert, not the appetizer and main course.
Three-and-a-Half PLUS Stars …
Bibbiano 2011 Chianti Classico “Gran Selezione” – Vigne del Capannino
I didn’t taste many barrel samples (unfinished wine) but the ones I did taste, and had potential for the future will be listed here – these are wines I’m hoping for good things from once it goes into bottle.
Banfi 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG “Fonte alla Selva”
Castello di Radda 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG “Castello di Radda”
Cigliano 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG “Cigliano”
Gagliole 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG “Rubiolo”
Isole e Olena 2014 Chianti Classico DOCG “Isole e Olena”
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Goodies for after the tasting showcasing the bounty of Tuscany -