“Gorgeous,” “Impeccable” 2016 Chianti Classico. $25

French wines have long been the focus of the Ansonia portfolio. 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.

Poggerino’s wines are all pure sangiovese — dark, delicately balanced expressions of an intense, powerful grape. We’ve worked with Poggerino for almost 15 years, but recently their star has risen dramatically. In his recent book Rajat Parr calls their wines “excellent” and “some of the purest expressions of the grape in Italy.”

Poggerino’s 2016 Chianti Classico has just arrived, and it’s simply terrific. It shows strawberry jam and anise on the nose, and cherries and roses in the mouth. The texture is firm and long, with excellent aging potential, but it’s finer grained than in some recent vintages, offering gorgeous, velvety immediate drinking.

Vinous founder Antonio Galloni was effusive: “Poggerino’s 2016 Chianti Classico is gorgeous. Aromatically lifted and juicy on the palate, the 2016 has much to offer. Black cherry, plum, tobacco, new leather, licorice and spice… the 2016 is impeccably done. Best of all, it will drink well right out of the gate. 92 points”

We think this is among the finer vintages of Chianti Classico that Poggerino has made. And at $5/glass, it’s a no brainer.


Poggerino Chianti Classico 2016
bottle price: $25

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