Italian Reds: Sangiovese And Its Blends

I heard it once said by an Italian winemaker that to truly understand sangiovese you must completely devote yourself to it. The bright red fruit characteristics that we all love take time and great effort to round into form. The entries this year were all quite exceptional, but the ones that stole our hearts were from Chianti. Antinori Marchese Reserva (2013) won the week for me. An intense ruby red with purple highlights in colour, the aromas range from ripe red fruit, with perceptible notes of cherries, leather, and dried spices. The initial palate is quite soft with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. The finish is richly flavourful and pleasurable and is quite lasting and sustained. Honourable mentions go to Banfi’s 2013 Classico Riserva and Ricasoli Classico 2014 as they both were collective judges’ favourites. Once again, quality wines from quality houses. Darren Fabian


Antinori Marchese Antinori 2013 Chianti Classico Reserva
Tuscany, Italy
$31-34 CSPC 742188







Carpineto 2012
Chianti Classico Riserva
Tuscany, Italy
$25-26 CSPC 682559





Ricasoli 2013 Brolio Bettino Chianti
Tuscany, Italy
$33-35 CSPC 792786





Ricasoli 2014 Brolio Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy
$23-25 CSPC 3962






Banfi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva
Tuscany, Italy
$24 CSPC 724012






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