Melini Borghi d'Elsa Chianti 2018 / 1.5 L.

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo

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The Chianti region in central Tuscany produces the internationally-famous red wine of the same name. With a long history, the wines of Chianti have evolved through the years. At one point, Chianti was typically a blend of Sangiovese (the primary red grape used in the region) and several other grapes, including white grapes like Trebbiano and Malvasia. As wine trends and palettes have changed, most growers have eliminated the white grapes from their Chianti since they often caused the wines to be too light. Likewise, Chianti used to be recognized for it's distinct, squatty, straw-covered bottles, but producers have moved away from that since those bottles grew to be recognized as emblematic of a lesser quality wine.

All that aside, there are many world-class wines produced in Chianti, especially in the Chianti Classico zone located in the center of the region. Here you'll find medium-bodied, dry reds with firm tannins and high acidity. These wines are tremendous for pairing with Italian foods of all sorts.

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There are few regions as picturesque as Italy's Tuscany. And there are few regions that produce finer wines, either. Tuscany is home to legendary wine regions Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, among others, where the red wine grape Sangiovese is king. It's also home to "Super Tuscans," a category of Tuscan wines that don't officially fall within the Italian wine classification system.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 67338
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Melini Borghi d’Elsa Chianti
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Chianti
Package Size 1.5 L.
Wine/Spirit Brand Melini
Bottles per Case 6
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped No
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Sangiovese, Canaiolo
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2023
A dark, brooding 2018, with accents of smoke, vanilla, iron and tar surrounding a core of cherry and plum flavors. Reveals balsamic elements of eucalyptus and wild herbs on the lingering finish. On the austere side now, with a core of fruit and mineral. Best from 2025 through 2043. 150 cases made, 150 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2022
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille keeps me coming back to the glass again and again to take in its spicy yet also wonderfully lifted bouquet, as shavings of cedar and pine evolve to reveal mentholated herbs, flinty stone and dried black cherries. This is deeply textural, soothing with its combination of ripe red fruits and juicy acidity, as sweet spices and mint nuances resonate toward the close. The Sugarille doesn’t miss a beat, tapering off with impeccable balance and regal structure, while allowing remnants of ripe wild berries and plum to linger on and on. The Gaja family has really outdone themselves in this idiosyncratic vintage. (Eric Guido)
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Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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2018 / 750 ml.

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Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Mar 2023
Le Potazzine delivers solid results thanks to the impressive positioning of its vines that straddle the crown of a high-elevation plain. The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino shows bright fruit with cherry and redcurrant, and that makes all the difference. Careful oak aging has enhanced the aromas. I also feel the effects of careful cellar aging in terms of mouthfeel, especially the structure and tannins. The wine is tightly stitched together with a point of sourness on the close. Give it a few more years to soften. Some 15,500 bottles were made. (Monica Larner)
VN94+94+ pts. - Vinous - Dec 2022
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino takes some coaxing to come together in the glass, dusty yet floral, with crushed ashen stones and a core of plum followed by savory herbs and black currant beneath it all. This is elegance personified, casting velvety textural waves of ripe red and blue berries across the palate, all lifted by brisk acidity, and with a flourish of lavender that lights up the senses. A coating of fine tannins lingers, yet the mouth is left watering for more, as nuances of licorice and blackberry slowly fade. The 2018 is a classy rendition of the vintage, elevated by a slightly higher declassification of juice that went into the Rosso di Montalcino. I’d give it another two to three years of cellaring to come fully together. (Eric Guido)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 8, 2023
A lean red, with a mix of earth, Tuscan scrub, cherry, plum and iron flavors aligned to a firm structure, ending with a lightly astringent feel. Best from 2024 through 2035. 1,300 cases made, 320 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2023
A succulent, vibrant and harmonious red hallmarked by enticing, multidimensional aromas and flavors of rose, strawberry, cherry, licorice, eucalyptus, iron and leather. Turns up the volume with ripe fruit midpalate, ending with a long, resonant aftertaste. Best from 2025 through 2042. 1,420 cases made, 300 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2022
The 2018 Brunello di Montalcino draws me in with a woodsy and balsamic bouquet, blending wild strawberries with flowery underbrush and hints of sage. This is soft yet potent, enveloping the palate with ripe textural fruits and sweet spice, as a staining of minerality and fine tannins settle in toward the close. A saturation of black raspberries and licorice is left to linger through the long and gently structured finale, giving way to pretty inner floral perfumes. There’s a beautiful harmony here, along with the balance needed for a long and steady evolution. Of note, while not stated in the name of the wine, the Baricci Brunello is a pure interpretation of Montosoli fruit. (Eric Guido)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Mar 2023
The Baricci 2018 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli delivers a classic expression of Sangiovese from one of the best areas of the Montalcino appellation. I always love wines from Baricci, and I am very pleased to encounter the freshness and bright fruit flavors in this vintage that I associate with this estate. There is punchy cherry fruit, blueberry and lots of white stone or crushed mineral. The approach is accessible, and the tannins are soft straight out of the gate. Some 17,200 bottles were made. (Monica Larner)
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VN93+93+ pts. - Vinous - Sep 2021
The 2018 Chianti Clássico Risetva is a powerful, brooding wine. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018, as it needs time to soften. The tannins are especially potent today. Time brings out a whole range of black cherry, plum, gravel, spice, game and leather notes. The Riserva spent 16 months in oak of various sizes. (Antonio Galloni)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2021
Dusty tannins set the stage for this cherry and wild herb-inflected red. Boasts plenty of fruit, orange zest and iron, yet still has to reveal all its charms. Compact finish in the end, but be patient. Best from 2024 through 2042. 5,833 cases made. (Bruce Sanderson)
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2022
Ripe plum, French oak and violet aromas come to the forefront. The dense palate offers dried cherry, licorice and roasted coffee bean alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2025. (Kerin O’Keefe)
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Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico

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