Tuesday 11 November 2014

Chianti Classico - Three Bottles From 1964

Continuing my 1964 mission I open three bottles of Chianti. Up until now I have been lucky with these bottles (so far 89 bottles tasted), only two corked wines and a couple of tired ones.
Not so on this night, one corked bottle, one cooked and one decent.
Well, on to the next ones! :-)

1964 Chianti Classico di Santa Cristina, Antinori
It started ok. This has a light, mature and medium deep nose with notes of dried red fruits, gravel, dried rosemary and worn leather. Fully mature, and maybe a tad much so, but still enjoyable.
The taste is better than the nose with more warmth and fresher notes of red cherries, dried rosemary, warm gravel and violets. The finish is a bit short and ends dry. Good with food but on its own it is a tad dull, even though the taste is better than the nose.
82p   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Chianti Nipozzano, Frescobaldi
This one was horribly corked!
No rating   (tasted 2014/11)

1964 Chianti Classico Riserva, Castello di Verrazzano
This one was cooked. It must have been stored under the wrong conditions, even though there were no signs of any manhandling, label, level and cork looked good, but alas...
Dark sherry on the nose and very dry and liveless on the palate. Not completely dead but pretty close.
52p   (tasted 2014/11)

After this strong... showing of mature Chianti I had to go and get a bottle of Brunello that performed excellent!


  1. Too bad about Nipozzano...it could easy be the winner ..
    Send a picture and a note to Lamberto Frescobaldi.....let him know it was something special for your 50 birthday... maybe he will send you a replacement....

    1. Thanks - will do and lets see what happens! :-)