Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Chianti

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Chianti |

Need some food-friendly wines for the holidays? Invest in some Italian Chiantis, which are very versatile when it comes to food pairings. Here are a few of our favorites.

Looking for more bottle suggestions? Go back to the 2020 Premier Holiday Catalog

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  2. I Veroni I Dōmi Chianti Rufina

    2020 / 750 ml. | Item#71695

    WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2022
    Made with organically farmed grapes — 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino — this opens with aromas of black-skinned berry, underbrush and leather. The fragrant, balanced palate offers black cherry, clove and licorice alongside firm, polished tannins. Drink 2023–2030.
    JS9191 pts. - - Thursday, November 4, 2021
    A well-defined and typical Chianti Rufina with aromas and flavors of berries and cherries, as well as darker, savory notes of bark and dried herbs. Medium body and grainy tannins that have a dusty-oak coating that absorbs the fruit flavors nicely and gives a long, firm and a slightly bitter, licoricy finish. From organically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but will be better integrated in 2023.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese



    Organic: Made with organic grapes

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  4. Castello d’Albola Santa Caterina

    Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#93548

    SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 31, 2019
    Top notes of berry and dark flowers are underscored by earth, stone and tobacco flavors in this red, which is vibrant and elegant despite the dense structure, yet it’s the vibrant acidity that defines this overall. Shows terrific length. Best from 2022 through 2036. 2,000 cases made, 800 cases imported.
    JS9494 pts. - - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    This is a good example of a Gran Selezione where the fruit is the main attraction as opposed to the wood. It falls into red territory, which includes dried red plums, cranberries, dried nutmeg and rose petals. Full-bodied and rather Burgundian, if the comparison is permitted. Fine, velvety tannins, zesty acidity and a long, very structured finish. Drink now or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese



    Organic: Equalitas Sustainable Winery

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  5. Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#92170

    JS9494 pts. - - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    A red with plenty of ripe fruit, such as berries and cherries with some fresh-herb and lemon undertones. It’s medium-to full-bodied with bright fruit and fine tannins. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia is an immensely rewarding, inviting wine. Juicy and racy, with no hard edges, the Riserva captures the allure of this warm, dry year. There is plenty to like in the 2017, starting with its depth and volume, I won’t be surprised if the Riserva turns out to be even better than this note suggests. Sweet red fruit, cedar and blood orange give the 2017 striking aromatic intensity and lift.
    WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2020
    Aromas of blue flower, spiced plum, new leather and sunbaked earth form the inviting nose on this pure Sangiovese. Made with organically farmed grapes, the smooth, savory palate doles out fleshy black cherry, baking spice and chopped mint alongside velvety tannins that give it a polished texture. Drink through 2025.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Mar 2021
    If you have a platter of fatty porchetta and are looking for a worthy Tuscan wine for that party, look no further. Packaged in a black label, the Volpaia 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Volpaia (made with organic fruit) does a great job of showing purity and freshness in what was a challenging vintage for sure. This Riserva reveals delineated tones of cherry and dark berry with crushed limestone, blue flowers and some of the wild herbs and bramble that I often recognize in wines from this corner of Tuscany. I happily recommend it to all Sangiovese enthusiasts.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese



    Organic: Certified organic by Q Certificazioni


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  6. Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#87117

    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is endowed with so much class. In 2018, the Classico is a bit more restrained than it can be. That mid-weight sense of structure, though, gives the wine quite a bit of early appeal. Even so, I would cellar the 2018 for a few years, as all the elements haven’t fully come together just yet. Dark cherry, game, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are a reminder we are in Castelnuovo Berardenga, even if the 2018 has less weight and overt power than Fèlsina fans are used to seeing.
    RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th Aug 2020
    The Fèlsina 2018 Chianti Classico Berardenga is a toned and delicate expression of 100% Sangiovese from a vintage that produced beautifully subtle and understated wines. It shows good momentum driven by dark fruit, blackberry and summer cherry. The intensity of these aromas is downplayed and rendered less pronounced, adding elegance and fragility. Pretty background notes of spice and balsam herb add an extra layer of complexity. An ample 280,000 bottles were produced.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  7. Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#88867

    JS9292 pts. - - Wednesday, August 11, 2021
    Plums, spices, mushrooms and dried herbs on the nose. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins. Juicy and textured with tangy acidity and spicy character. Flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.
    SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2021
    This is bright with cherry, raspberry, iron and earth flavors, with tangy acidity and light-grained tannins. Balanced and firm, this ends with sour cherry and thyme accents. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Drink now through 2028. 5,500 cases made, 1,800 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese



    Organic: Certified organic by ICEA B3114

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