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95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino makes a great first impression thanks to the purity and intensity of the fruit. Those two things—purity and intensity—can sometimes be uncomfortable bedfellows, but this expression from Caprili unites them in happy marriage. The bouquet opens to bright red fruit, cola, chopped mint and blue flower. There is a lot of beautiful energy on hand. The wine is smooth and silky, giving it both near and long-term appeal.”
93 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico is an absolute stunner and is my early runner for Italian Wine of the Year. Drawn from high-elevation, organic vineyards – this one features complex aromas that one would expect from a wine three times the cost. A pair of rave reviews as is accustomed from this great winery that never ceases to make outstanding wine.
99 Points (#2 Wine of Italy, 2020) – James Suckling
A very special Italian Collectors item. Elements of cherries and cigar box seem to dominate, but then notes of almonds, more cherry, and then blackberry and leather seem to dance in and out. But when you consider truly great wines, ones that really deserve at least a 10 year slumber in a dark cellar – the price point can be down right frightening. Not so today. I think you could start drinking this soon and enjoy it for the next two decades easy.
95 Points, James Suckling – 93 Points, Robert Parker
Drawn from some the finest parcels on the storied hill of Montosoli, James Suckling says of the tiny Cerbaia estate’s newest release: “Elena Pellegrini’s 2015 Brunello is fragrant, redolent of purple flowers, sage and wild berries. The wine is dark and powerfully concentrated yet finishes fresh and kind stony, making it both fantastic at the table now and a great candidate for long aging”
This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence. The pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 25 years in age. The family’s newly released 2019 Chianti is the result of a great harvest in Italy in the 2019 vintage with ideal conditions and no bad weather. This allowed for a lush, silky Chianti that’s just packed with red and black fruits and has just enough backbone to make it the perfect companion for just about any food dish. But this medium bodied delight is also a great spring sipper out on the deck in a glass by itself.
Last year’s wine was our 96pt Super Tuscan of the Year. This year? Oh boy. It’s hard to believe but the 2019 Grattamacco is even better than last year’s. It’s always a powerhouse with a youthful charm you can enjoy now but with the structure to age for a very long time. But, the 2019 takes it up a notch as the vines struggled, pulling water from deep within the earth and adding yet another level of complexity. When this one gets scored, it’ll be game over.
Poggio Al Sole’s high elevation vineyards bring out the Burgundy-side of Chianti Classico, producing lush wines with just a touch of earthy rusticity and great length. The 2018 is elegant, with great aromatic complexity and length. The nose is really special, with soaring aromatics of black cherry, anise and peony. Give it time to unwind in the glass. It’s fresh and long on the palate, with the fine tannic structure that defines ever classic vintage, making it great at the table tonight and any night for the next decade.
94 Points, James Suckling
“Pretty aromas of rosehip, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry orange zest and cedar. It’s medium bodied with sleek fine tannins. Wonderfully silky and juicy with an abundance of freshly crushed berries. Very fine. One of the finest wines they have made. Drink or hold.”
94 Pts, James Suckling – 93 Pts (Editors’ Chocice), WE – 93 Pts, Vinous
Last year’s Wine Spectator gave this wine the highest rating a Chianti Classico has ever received. This year it still remains to be seen. The 2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva very much resembles its predecessor. It’s big and juicy, with layers of dark fruit, bramble and an extremely long finish. This year, even before Wine Spectator weighs in, the Volpaia has already racked up some big scores