2018 Istine Chianti Classico Vigna Istine (750ml)15 7 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 Istine is fabulous. Dark cherry, spice, leather and tobacco are some of the many notes that flesh out in the glass. The 2018 is distinguished by its creamy personality and breadth. Readers will find a striking Chianti Classico that embodies all of the energy and translucence of Radda. Drinking window: 2022 - 2038" 94 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, August 2020)