2018 Istine Chianti Classico Vigna Cavarchione (750ml)15 8 0 0
"To say I was blown away by the Istine wines this year would be a massive understatement. These new releases are positively stellar. Proprietor Angela Fronti crafts some of the most distinctive Chianti Classicos readers will come across. The single-vineyard wines are each incredibly unique. Istine emerges from a parcel between Radda and Castellina, while Casanova dell'Aia is near Radda and Cavarchione is in Gaiole. The Riserva Le Vigne is a blend of all three. Aging is done in cask. These are among the most thrilling wines I tasted this year.
"The 2018 Chianti Classico Vigna Cavarchione opens beautifully in the glass, showing myriad layers of dimension and volume. Black cherry, plum, spice, menthol, licorice, spice and a whole range of balsamic inflections saturate the palate. Time in the glass brings out the wine's natural richness and body. The 2018 is a stunning wine. That's all there is to it. Drinking window: 2024 - 2038" 96 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, August 2020)