“Total Knockout” Chianti Riserva, 95 points

The Fattoria Poggerino is the lone Italian source in our portfolio. Their careful organic viticulture and unusually pure wines have vaulted them to the top of most lists of winemakers in Chianti. Vinous writes of their Poggerino’s “remarkable purity and nuance,” and Rajat Parr calls their wines “excellent” and “some of the purest expressions of the grape in Italy.”

Pooggerino’s finest wine is their Chianti Classico Riserva from the “Bugialla” vineyard. Like their other wines, it is pure, unblended Sangiovese. But the Riserva comes from their oldest vines — nearly 45 years old now — and they raise it carefully in oak before bottling.

It’s always their top performing wine, regularly winning acclaim from critics. But the 2016 caught special attention.

Vinous’s Antonio Galloni was seriously impressed with Poggerino’s regular $25 Chianti Classico, awarding 92 points and calling it “gorgeous…aromatically lifted and juicy on the palate… the 2016 is impeccably done”

But he somehow found even better things to say about the 2016 Riserva. Awarding 95 points and calling it “a total knockout,” he wrote of its “superb depth and textural richness.” We agree — the mouthfeel of this wine is extraordinary, combining a palate-coating intensity with balance, fine tannins and polish.

Galloni concluded by calling it “fabulous in every way.” It’s hard to improve on that, so we wont try.


Poggerino Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
bottle price: $45

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