Wine Spectator 91 points - The 2009 Chianti Classico is a pretty, radiant wine graced with exquisite dark fruit, mint and flowers. The finish is just a touch compact, but that is a relatively small critique. Fresh, floral notes add brightness on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
The fruit is exotic, like macerated blueberry and black currant, with hints of underbrush and tar. Firm, compact even, with dusty tannins carrying the finish.
|Wine maker notes
|The wine and the region from which it comes no longer require a presentation.
Yet there is still a great deal to discover and improve in what is considered the pre-eminent Italian wine, for a very simple reason: the wide variety of micro climates, soils and wine-making techniques, different wines can be found in the same growing area, and even within the same winery. This explains the ample room for improving quality in Chianti - from good to sublime.
Quality and quantity are often not easily combined and such excellence can only be pursued by small, but none the less qualified wineries, which live on the superior reputation of their product and make this endeavour their mission.
Standing out among these wineries is Fattoria Casaloste, owned and managed by Giovanni Battista d’Orsi, wine-growing entrepreneur as well as expert agronomist and oenologist, and his wife Emilia.