Rocca di Castagnoli makes this Chianti Classico from its own estate clones. The nose is still a bit closed but reveals dark cherry and earthy undertones. The palate is more expressive, showing ripe black-cherry and eucalyptus flavor, laced with pepper and clove accents. Bracing tannins and bright acidity need time to mellow. Drink 2016–2022.
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