Italy, Tuscany: Chianti Classico New Releases & A New Wave of Italian Icons
“You can’t get a plant to grow by pulling on its leaves,” a friend once counseled me. By its very definition, growth happens organically, spontaneously and naturally. Those words came to mind as I tasted through the 248 beautiful wines presented in this article.
This is an exceptional group of wines that mark an exciting chapter for Chianti Classico. The momentum behind this region is just phenomenal, and as I have argued in past essays published as part of my annual coverage of this premier Tuscan region, no other Italian wine appellation matches Chianti Classico at the moment for its sense of excitement, innovation and, dare I say it, unity of vision. There is a level of excitement and energy here that reminds me of a nascent wine region (like Etna, for example). That electricity is impossibly rare to find in a wine region like the storied Chianti Classico, now past its 300th birthday.
The Chianti Classico flower is ascending with strength and vigor and promises to dazzle us soon with the full splendor of its precious blooms.
By: Monica Larner | Wine Advocate
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