Jan
17

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Fabiano Calcinaia Cellole Gran Selezione 2010

An important part of Chianti Classico’s rise to quality beginning in the 1980’s was the increasing use of consultants. Consultants carry mixed connotations for many in the industry. For some

Jul
26

Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva “Baron’ Ugo” 2009

Chianti is too often viewed as a monolithic brand rather than a region with variation and terroir. The fault lies with the history of poor quality, cheap wines and the

Dec
29

Mocine IGT 2009

This is not profound wine, but it does demonstrate what small, thoughtful producers can do with indigenous Italian grapes. Made in Tuscany with the indigenous grapes Foglia Tonda, Barsaglina, Colorino

Mar
3

Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

The time I spent writing my Spotlight on Sangiovese a few months ago and tasting through a wide array of Tuscan wines cemented my appreciation for the grape as an

Mar
27

La Spinetta Il Colorino Di Casanova 2006

Despite their obscurity, unknown grapes abound in a world dominated by the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These grapes often produce nothing more than simple one-dimensional wines; and yet,