Category: Sangiovese

  • Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, 2018

    95 points from James Suckling.  Seriously.  95 points.  I have no idea what that even means.  For what?  It’s not the best Chianti at BC Liquor let alone the best Chianti available in the province.  It’s a very good Chianti.  Period.  It’s like a 90 point red wine if in fact you must rate wine. […]

  • Fanti Brunello di Montalcino, 2015

    Look what Santa left under the tree.  Wow.  Very naughty but obviously someone’s been very nice. This is ludicrously out of our bandwidth.  This is like that visit to a two star Michelin restaurant in Hong Kong where they had a Burgundy wine flight.  This is just heaven.  Wine heaven.  And I am extremely fortunate […]

  • Montevertine Toscana, 2005

    From the cellar: Well, from someone else’s cellar. Let’s just say you knew someone who collected wine but ended up drinking too much wine and that led them to AA and when they went dry they started giving away their cellar.  Let’s just pretend that happened to me.  But, you know, even people who go […]

  • Il Margone Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2013

    Can you guess how many points the Wine Spectator scored this vintage?  As part of a minor celebration we splurged on some rather pricey Chianti (not much to get too excited about in 2020…).  Even with seven years under its belt, we felt it had some place to go, still. Gobs of acidity and light […]

  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino, 2016

    Reviewers love this wine.  We were mildly satisfied.  Out of the bottle it has no new world charm; it needs a minimum of 20 minutes decanted to bloom—and then it rewards.  Decanted or even aerated, whatever you’ve got.  More subtle than the Vajra we’ve been addicted to of late, the smoky, earthy, coolness of it […]

  • Il Grigio da San Felice, Chianti Classico, Riserva 2009

    From the cellar: The Wine Advocate came out with a 93+ points rating for the 2009 Il Grigio (in 2013).  We bought six bottles.  I have rarely been more in accord with (what I call) The Robert Parkers.  The only regret is that six was far too few.   We drank our next to last […]

  • Rocca di Montegrossi, Chianti Classico, 2014

    First, not the finest Chianti in BC and not the finest under $50 even at the government stores.  It is like luxe plum juice, has a cordial bent that is pleasant enough, smooth like silk, but not with all the dimension and ka-ching of a few others we’ve tasted over the years–plus it doesn’t quite […]

  • Vigneti La Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva, 2010

    Value week on Buyingbcwines: It starts out crudely, with notes that are very much of the barnyard, wet hay, musky leather. On the palate it transitions to figs, anise, ripe cherry, and softens, Merlot soft, finishing with a peppery bite. A very good sipper for Chianti but with the musculature for a prime rib.  Not […]

  • Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico, 2011

    Lively. I believe that’s what the professionals say about a wine of this sort (i.e., the ones they score in the mid-80s). All the component parts of a good Chianti delivered just slightly below the bar. Fruit? Check. Scads. Light tannins? Check. Smooth finish? Perfectly palatable if unremarkable. You can score this in the US […]

  • Melini La Selvanella Riserva, Chianti Classico, 2010

    Ho-hum.  The Grigio we drank a while back, sensational.  Still holding back on the last few bottles.  This could not compare.   Gismondi loved it and scored it 90 points so of course I bought the last two bottles at my local outlet.  He noted its “silky textures” and “long smooth elegant finish.”  For us […]