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2020 Istine Chianti Classico

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February 25, 2024 - $21

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RATINGS

92Vinous / IWC

...bright, punchy and full of character...the purity of the Sangiovese fruit here is simply compelling.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...lifted and expressive, with notes of pure red cherry, tarragon, and crushed flowers...wonderful balance through the palate, with medium-body, fine tannins, refreshing acidity, and notes of raspberry, orange zest, and saline earth...a gorgeous and vibrant wine.

90Wine Spectator

Elegant...boasts black cherry and blackberry fruit shaded by earth, iron and wild rosemary. Vibrant, balanced and long on the finish.

90James Suckling

...notes of crushed blood orange, cocoa and cardamom. Medium-bodied with fine, dust-like tannins and sharp acidity. Savory finish.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Deep and a little brooding with a hint of olives. Vibrant fruit with fine chewy tannins. Very long, vivid and energetic finish. Electrifying.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Chianti Classico

Chianti is Tuscany’s most famous and historic wine district, and the Chianti Classico DOCG is the most prestigious Chianti appellation. Fittingly, it is located in the heart of the larger Chianti DOCG. Chianti’s wines were so esteemed during the Renaissance that the Medici princes of Florence designated several villages within the Chianti region as discrete production zones, setting up the first appellations in Italy. By the 20th century Chianti was Italy’s primary wine export. But the pizza parlor Chiantis sent to foreign markets were inexpensive, unremarkable reds presented in round-bottomed, straw-covered bottles. To upgrade Chianti wines and the region’s image, the Chianti Classico DOC was created in 1967, then upgraded to DOCG status in 1984, with additional modifications made in 1996. In the last 20 years a consortium of Chianti Classico producers have researched new Sangiovese clones, replanted vineyards, updated cellar practices and generally made Chianti Classico DOCG a world-class appellation. Chianti Classico must contain a minimum of 75% Sangiovese. In the 2014 edition of its annual compendium of wine ratings, Gambero Rosso noted that Chianti Classico DOCG wines were noteworthy for their “significant return to a more defined style, true to tradition.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Sangiovese, D.O.C.G.

This red grape is largely grown in central Italy. As the sole component or in a blend, it gives us Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino and Super Tuscans, among other favorites wines. The name is derived from the Latin for “blood of Jove.”