This retro-styled Chianti Classico is so dominated by aggressive, raw oak it recalls the 1990s, when producers all over Italy experimented with new barriques—to mixed results. Underneath all the oak, chocolate and coffee, you can detect muffled black fruit sensations. It closes with astringent wood 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.