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


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


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,


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


Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Ama Riserva 2009

With this article we move north from Castelnuovo Berardenga to the commune of Gaiole and one of Chianti’s oldest, most famous producers. Castello di Ama is also fairly controversial for


Spotlight on Chianti Classico: San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione 2010

Chianti is a land of large producers. Outside of the Classico zone, wines are made in large quantities and mediocre to poor quality. Understandably serious wine drinkers often avoid the


Spotlight on Chianti Classico: Castello di Bossi Riserva Berardo 2007

Discussion of the fine wines of Tuscany has been dominated by two categories: super-tuscans and Brunello di Montalcino. The Bordeaux blends of Maremma satisfy those seeking super-prestige bottlings and very