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.”
Winemaker Piero Lanza is a master of his craft — he makes a terrific Rosato (coming soon), a perennial favorite Chianti Classico, and this year even added back the Labirinto of days past. But Poggerino’s finest value wine has always been their extremely well-priced 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.” Robert Parker’s reviewer found “impeccable balance…with added complexity.”
We’ve enjoyed this cuvée with 15 years in the bottle, but while aging that long will be rewarded, it’s certainly not required. Particularly with a decanter, this is a magnificent wine today, full of depth and complexity, at once muscular and subtle.
Poggerino Chianti Riserva 2018
bottle price: $45
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