With a young, upfront, juicy nose, this Chianti delivers the goods. Fine notes of violet pastilles, sweet/sour cherries, gravel and roses. Very fine. A lot of nerve and interest.
The taste is young and tight with a core of sandy tannins, a fine acidity and lots of ripe cherry fruit. The finish is long with notes of smoke, violets and warm gravel. Very good now, this will be even better with 5+ years in the cellar.
90p (tasted 2015/04)
2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Monsenese, San Leonini
This one is denser and richer than the wine above. A big, structured nose with notes of ripe black cherries, liquorice, dried flowers and some chocolate scents. Some oak vanilla in the background. Compact. Needs time.
The taste is big and intense with notes of chocolate covered cherries, liquorice, hot gravel and sweet flowers. Some dusty tannins in the long, warm finish. Needs time to come around but I think that it will be fine in 6-8 years time.
87p (tasted 2015/04)