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Aug
16

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2013

It’s always worthwhile to check in on the classics. Fontodi are to Tuscany as Vietti is to Piedmont: remarkably consistent upper echelon quality across all their bottlings and from vintage

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Apr
10

Fattoria Selvapiana Vigneto Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva 2011

Selvapiana is consistently one of if not the best producers in Chianti Rufina, a region lying east of Florence and outside of the original classico zone. The other large Rufina

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Dec
13

Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2000

This wine taught me three lessons. Lesson 1: There is Top Tier Brunello Not Currently in B.C. While some might not be surprised that B.C. is missing representation for top

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Nov
15

Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Another vaunted vintage is upon us. The sheer number of declared top vintages for great wine regions in Europe surpasses the wallets of most and plays into North Americans’ love

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Sep
6

Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

So forget about Gran Selezione for a moment. The single vineyard Vigna del Sorbo from Fontodi hasn’t changed with that classification but it has consistently been one of the greatest

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Mar
7

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello Vicchiomaggio Vigna La Prima Gran Selezione 2010

Castello Vicchiomaggio seems as much tourist destination as winery, with its lodgings listed in the likes of Lonely Planet and Fodors amongst others. The 15th century castle (where Leonardo da

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Feb
8

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Querciabella 2010

I commenced this spotlight with the goal of discovering the ‘terroir’ of Chianti Classico, the distinction between its various crus, and its potential to become driven by the distinctiveness of

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Feb
5

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2009

No Chianti Classico profile is complete without mention of the famous Barone Ricasoli, inventor of modern Chianti. I won’t go into the story, as it has been told many times

Jan
24

Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico 2011

Owner Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi is cousin to the famous Francesco Ricasoli at Castello di Brolio. He broke with his cousin due to differences in opinion about production style. Rocca di Montegrossi,

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