Category Archives: Chianti Classico

2004 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico San Marcellino

rocca_di_montegrossiDecanted this for half hour. Ruby color. On the nose, showing development, medium+ intensity, cherry, leather, black tea, meaty, lots of earth tones, with some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, saddle leather, clove, anise, tea, earth, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, nicely layered, with very good complexity, and a long finish. Very enjoyable earth drive 100% Sangiovese that I enjoyed with some game and it was perfect.    

2006 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico

scopeto_classicoRuby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black tea, clove, anise, pen ink, leather, stewed cherries, plums, some oak, and definite chalky earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, nice balance, not overly fruit, with moderate amounts of oak flavors, framed nicely by an earthy and rustic finish with some good length to it.    

2001 Castello di Cacchiano Chianti Classico Riserva

cacchianoRuby with orange rim. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, spice box, leather, herbs, anise, meat, plum, black currant, chalky soil, some oak, and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium body, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, big time muscle and structure, loaded with black tea, and a solid finish. A    

2004 Castello De Cacchiano Chianti Classico


This was almost Bordeaux like with chalky basement-like earthiness. On the nose youthful aroma, med+ intensity, sour cherry, leather, anise, spice, and oak thats nicely integrated. On the palate, dry, great acidity, med tannin, nice balance of fruit, earth, and and oak, with a deep layered finish. Solid wine, that offers more depth than a lot of Bordeaux’s of higher price, and kills most California Cabernet of equal price.    

2003 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva


I really liked this in a blind flight the other night. On the nose, youthful but starting to age a bit, med+ intensity, with lots of earth, sour cherry, chalk, licorice, leather, green olive, herbs, and not overly oaky even though it spent more time in oak. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, earth driven, cherry, leather,and floral component. Medium body, med tannin and acidity, well integrated alcohol, and nice finish. Well made, and very attractive for the price point, another couple of years in the bottle will benefit this wine.    

2003 Il Grigio da San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva

Attractive ruby in color with some orange in the edges. On the nose, medium intensity, the earth hits first, dirt and chalk then some sour cherry, dried fig, anise, clove, and leather. On the palate, medium + intensity, mouth watering acidity left the impression of real juicy fruit, some smoke and dirt. I really like weight on the palate. Most experts agree that Italy makes some of the finest wines to have with food. I am craving salumi drinking this.