Location: Ridgewood, NY
Chianti Classico (New releases and top picks)
With the start of each new year comes the myriad of Italian wine tastings that have become the highlight of these early winter months. Each year, I find myself tasting the new releases of all my favorite wines. One wine in particular always stands out to me, Chianti Classico.
Thinking back over a decade, Chianti Classico was the wine that showed me that I loved Italian wine. They are excellent food wines with gorgeous fruit, earth and that perfect blend of Italian acidity. What's more, many of them can age in the cellar, yet nearly all of them are perfectly enjoyable upon release. In my book, this is THE Italian wine, and it always will be. The following list are my favorites tasted this year and you really can't go wrong with any of them. Some are everyday value wines and others will find prestigious spots in your cellar. There is something for everyone.
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Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon (2013)Cellared
Cooperativo Tra Produttori del Barolo (2009)Cellared
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato di Gatto Pierfrancesco Italien Piemonte Castagnole Monferrato Rött Vin Fylligt (2010)Cellared
Batzella Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Tam Pean (2011)Cellared
Viansa Dolcetto Carneros Dolceterra (2003)Cellared
Viansa Sangiovese Blend Sonoma County Sempre Avanti (2001)Cellared
Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir (2012)Cellared
Fattoria Dei Barbi Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Blue Label (2008)Cellared