- 2010 Vecchie Terre di Montefili Chianti Classico Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (12/23/2020)
Very good. Wow! I say wow, even if that moment introduced itself at the 100 minute mark. On PnP, this was undeniably Chianti Classico, but to be clear, no fireworks to be seen. Fast forward to the final 1/3 of the bottle, at ~ 2 hours open, and bam!, the nose down-shifted and the tires chirped as this sailed into gear. It's medium-bodied, in the most classic sense, and yet there's this fullness just after the initial entry that nearly doubles the size of the wine. And I see why, as this was paired with food, the secret buried inside the wine revealed itself, and there was nothing medium about that experience. The aromas in the final glass include, but are not limited to: Tuscan dust, Zinger tea, scorched earth, ripe, almost resinous red fruits, mace, a whisper of red licorice, followed rather closely by some black licorice, too, soil, blond tobacco, some raspberry, ripe strawberry, menthol, and even the most fleeting notion of vanilla bean, etc. This was a personal experience that bordered on the finest that all the region and grape has to offer; nearly emotional. Perhaps you're lucky enough to have one of these, and if so, I strongly advise you to give it 90 minutes of air in decanter, and proceed slowly - this is, or can be, if treated properly, a somewhat magical experience. Nothing worked about this. In fact, it's just the opposite: a pure, traditional and very transparent reflection of the grape/place/vintage. Tolkien would understand. Namaste. Rush through this, and you'll miss the very essence of Sangiovese, and Sangiovese from the CC region. There's another 5-7 years of delightful, elegant drinking. 13,5% abv., natural cork (barely stained) that was bottled 1/2014. highly recommended
edit: at the 3 hour mark, this headed back inside of a shell. I have one more, and will double decant the night prior. Very little sediment, fwiw.