“Plump and Ripe” 2015 Chianti Classico, 92 points. $25

Of the 45 winemakers we work with, about half are from Burgundy, and all but a few are French. Our longtime exception to this rule is the Fattoria Poggerino, a source for pure Sangiovese wines from the hills of Chianti.

We’ve worked with Poggerino for almost 15 years, but in recent years their star has risen dramatically. Writer Rajat Parr calls their wines “excellent” and “some of the purest expressions of the grape in Italy.” A full-page Wine Spectator profile last year called their wines “impeccably balanced and built to last…pure, honest wine.”

Poggerino’s Chianti Classico strikes a beautiful balance between a deep enticing nose and a sturdy, classic mouthfeel. The 2015 is delicious today, with dusty strawberry jam and anise on the nose, and cherries and roses in the mouth. The texture is long and smooth and has patinated beautifully over the last year. There’s plenty of aging potential left, but it’s awfully enjoyable today.

Robert Parker’s reviewer calls it “plump and ripe” with “good intensity and a high pleasure threshold.” The Wine Spectator found it “harmonious” with “fine energy” and “a beam of pure cherry flavor.”

Poggerino’s dense and inky 2016s hit the water soon for arrival in a month or so. Until then, the 2015 provides pure, polished, well-priced enjoyment.


Poggerino Chianti Classico 2015
bottle price: $25

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