Chianti tasting report: the best wines to try from recent vintages

The following wines were tasted together by Filippo Bartolotta and Raffaele Mosca at the Chianti Lovers tasting held in Florence in February 2024.

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Pietro Benconcini

Chianti Riserva 2021

Up-and-coming winery

65-year old vineyards in the town of San Miniato (Pisa) yield a sumptuous expression of Chianti Riserva: blood orange, wild strawberries, eucalyptus and pot-pourri outline a staggeringly pure and ethereal nose. The palate is equally refined and lively – brisk acids and a savory tang underpin crunchy wild berries, shaping an irresistibly juicy and refreshing progression.

Importers and retailers: Rarm Imports (United States)

Fattoria Selvapiana

Chianti Rufina Vigneto Erchi Terraelectae 2020 

Cult winery 

The Terraelectae wine from the most renowned estate in Chianti Rufina is elegant and austere, offering delicate floral aromas mingling with botanical herbs, bitter orange, and iron. It is undeniably built for the long haul, showing excellent refinement but also coming across as tight and reserved in this early stage of its life, with piercing acids dominating the mouthwatering progression.

Importers and retailers: Dalla Terra (United States)

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Colognole

Chianti Rufina 2022 

Up-and-coming winery 

A textbook expression of Chianti Rufina, offering inviting aromas of wild strawberries, white pepper, rose petals, and anise. Supple and acidity-driven, with slightly dusty tannins backing a mid-weight structure, earthy red fruits linger on the refreshing finish.

Importers and retailers: Vinexus (UK)

Fattoria San Michele a Torri

Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2022 

Up-and-coming winery 

From vineyards lying only a few kilometers away from the northern border of Chianti Classico, this lovely Colli Fiorentini exhibits a textbook Sangiovese profile with gamey and leathery nuances framing succulent bramble fruits. Lively acidity lifts the medium-bodied structure, making for a juicy and immediately-pleasing mouthfeel, finishing with linear flavors of sour cherries and savory herbs.

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Castello Sonnino

Chianti Montespertoli 2022 

Up-and-coming winery 

Leone De Renzis Sonnino recently took the reins of this Chateau in the heart of Montespertoli, which produces a solid Chianti Montespertoli, offering easygoing aromas of sweet cherries and strawberries mingling with licorice and herbs. Gluggable and fruit-forward, a herbal tang enlivens the progression, echoing on the crisp finish.

Importers and retailers: Omni Wines (United States)

Tenuta di Artimino

Chianti Montalbano 2023 

Cult winery 

The entry-level wine of an iconic estate in Carmignano, this is still a bit too young but already shows above-average refinement. Wild fennel, anise, and ripe blackcurrants outline an attractively dark profile, with clenching tannins requiring a little extra time to soften down. 

Importers and retailers: Siena Imports (United States)

Mannucci Droandi

Chianti Colli Aretini 2022

Up-and-coming winery 

A characterful Colli Aretini, spending 10 months in used barrels and displaying nuances of leather, dark chocolate, and amarena cherries. Broad and velvety, ripe tannins backbone a juicy core of black fruits, leading to a simple but clear-cut finish. 

Importers and retailers: Regal Wine (United States)

Villa Poggio Salvi

Chianti Colli Senesi Caspagnolo 2022 

Up-and-coming winery 

A textbook Colli Senesi from a winery that also produces Brunello di Montalcino, the 2022 Villa Poggio Salvi hails from vineyards in the township Monteriggioni and contains a dollop of Merlot that adds extra richness to the herbal, red-fruited and spicy nose. Creamy and simple, with polished tannins, it is a solid everyday wine, matching roasted chicken and pasta al pomodoro.

Importers and retailers: Vintage Imports (United States)

(Photo credits: Consorzio Vino Chianti)