The last couple of weeks I have opened some 2010 Chianti´s for weekday dinners. It seems like - based on this small collection - that this is a vintage for early drinking and that they will deliver drinking pleasure from day one even, though the better ones will improve some the years to come.
There will surely be some Riservas that hasn´t been released yet that will contradict this statement, but for now these 2010 Chianti´s is fine bottles of food wines.
2010 Chianti Classico, Terreno
This Swedish owned estate produce a light and easy going Chianti in the lower price range (11 Euro). The nose is open and fresh with low keyed notes of lingonberries, red cherries, gravel and a touch of dry cookie dough.
The taste is slim, straight forward and fresh with notes of lingonberries, dried cherries, cigarette ashes and gravel. A touch one dimensional, but with a bowl of pasta on a weekday it works well.
81p (tasted 2013/10)
2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda, Barone Ricasoli
A light, fruity, fresh nose with notes of chocolate covered cherries, fudge, liquorice and some saw dust. The cool,, nice cherry fruit comes forward with air. Good.
The taste is young, tight and drinkable with notes of cherry pips, black tea, dark fudge and some violets. A medium long, fresh finish. Good. For the short to medium term.
84p (tasted 2013/10)
2010 Chianti Classico Riserva, Brancaia
A big, tight, fresh nose with lovely notes of red and black cherries, pomegranate, blood orange peel and some cigarette ashes. Young, complex and enchanting. Very, very good.
The taste is young, seedy and crisp with notes of ripe red cherries, liquorice, black tea, violets and forest floor. A long, refined finish. Finely polished tannins. Very young. A fine mouth feel. This is going to be even better in 3-5 years.
89p (tasted 2013/10)
2010 Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena
A young, cool, elegant nose with notes of red currants, red cherries, balsa wood, almond flakes, black tea and expensive soap. Very pure and fine. More almond paste after a while. Very, very good. Needs time to open up in the glass.
The taste is young, seedy and racy with notes of cherry pips, lingonberries, liquorice, tea leaves and the same soapy - in a positive sense - note as on the nose. Slender tannins. A long, fine finish. Could be drunk now but will surely improve over the coming 2-4 years.
90p (tasted 2013/10)
2010 Chianti Classico, Castello di Fonterutoli
A young, toasted nose with notes of black cherries, saw dust, chocolate covered cherries and some vanilla pods. Too much candy at the moment.
The taste is medium bodied and tight with notes of black cherries, dark chocolate, cherry pips and a medium long, warm finish. A bit ungainly. This need time to shed the oak, but I venture that the fruit will be gone when that happens.
76p (tasted 2013/11)
2010 Chianti Classico Berardenga, Fèlsina
A cool, spicy, fresh nose with notes of red cherries, dried rosemary, road dust, liquorice and some undergrowth. Christmas spices. Very good.
The taste is young, tight and a bit four squared with notes of chocolate covered cherries, dried herbs and Christmas spices. Lots of cherry pips. A long warm finish. Will hopefully get things more together in a few years time.
85p (tasted 2013/11)
2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo, Castello di Fonterutoli
A deep, fine, elegant nose with notes of sweet/sour cherries, rosemary bushes, balsa wood, liquorice, black tea and a Tuscan gravel road. A fine intensity and balance. Very, very good.
The taste is cool, refined and spicy with a pure Sangiovese fruit paired with some notes of rosemary, tea and gravel. A fine high acidity. Cleans the mouth effectively. Long and fine. This is really good, and will get even better in the years to come.
91p (tasted 2013/11)