2016 Istine Chianti Classico Riserva Levigne (750ml)15 0 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.
"Made with organically grown Sangiovese, this offers aromas of dark-skinned berry, violet, cooking spice and new leather. The vibrant, structured palate delivers juicy black cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside fine-grained tannins and firm acidity. Drink 2022–2031." 93 points / Cellar Selection - Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast, April 2020)
"Beautiful complex nose that right now is quite restrained. With aeration, fine aromatic development. Concentrated palate with a perfect dose of finely grained, long tannins. Bags of sour cherry on the finish. Substance and elegance. Captivating." 17.5/20 - Walter Speller (jancisrobinson.com, February 2020)