Here's a classically crafted Chianti Classico, showing earthy aromas of underbrush and porcini mushroom, with whiffs of leather and spice. The palate delivers a juicy black-cherry flavor, accented by white pepper and herbal spice. It's tightly knit, with bracing but refined tannins.
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.