“Dramatic, Ample, Generous:” Magnificent 94 point Chianti

“Especially rich…it works so well.” – Vinous

Poggerino is often cited as a reference point for Chianti Classico. 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.”

This year we’ve been enjoying their terrific 2021 Rosato, and the perennial favorite Chianti Classico, both of which are as good as they’ve ever been. We even have a bit of the “Nuovo” this year, the delicious egg-raised cuvée. But Poggerino’s finest wine has always been their Riserva, and this year is no different..

Poggerino’s Chianti Classico Riserva is from the “Bugialla” vineyard, and it’s just gorgeous again in 2018. Antonio Galloni called it “bold, dramatic wine,” with an ample, generous” mouthfeel and notes of “cherry, mocha, lavender and licorice.”

We’ve enjoyed this cuvée with 15 years in the bottle, but while aging that long will be rewarded, it’s not required. Particularly with a decanter, this is a magnificent wine today, full of depth and complexity, at once muscular and subtle. Pair with a hearty steak from the grill.


Poggerino Chianti Riserva 2018
bottle price: $45

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