“Supple, Engaging…Unreal:” Stellar New $25 Chianti

Vinous 92+ pts: "The precision and pedigree here are just unreal."

As most of you know already, Poggerino is a top-notch producer from Chianti in Italy. Nearly all of our winemakers are French, but we carve out a small exception for Piero and Benedetta Lanza in Radda. Rajat Parr calls their pure Sangiovese wines “some of the purest expressions of [Sangiovese] in Italy.” Wine Spectator calls their wines “impeccably balanced.”

Poggerino’s excellent wines seem to get better every year — their dry, punchy Rosato is all you need for summer heat. Their 2018 Riserva is a stunningly complex wine under $50, with a long life ahead of it. And their recently revived Labirinto is a humble, delicious, juicy glass.

But their flagship — the crowd favorite, for good reason — remains the Chianti Classico. And the 2020 is as good as it’s ever been.

Poggerino’s 2020 Chianti Classico is beautiful. It’s fine grained and complex, with more nuance and finesse than usual. The wine bursts from the glass in dark floral notes that somehow also carry tremendous lift and elegance. Look for red cherries, roses, plums, licorice and cocoa. In the mouth it’s focused and sleek, with impressive intensity and perfectly coated tannin. The texture is fine grained and polished.

Antonio Galloni of Vinous gave 92+ points, finding it “soft, fruity, and open-knit,” calling it “supple and engaging” and “a fine choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years.” He concludes “the precision and pedigree here are just unreal.” We plan to keep our portfolio’s focus on French wines, but wines like this make us want to expand. Poggerino’s 2020 Classico is a no-brainer addition to your cellar.


Poggerino Chianti Classico 2020
bottle price: $25

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