June 7, 2021

This Summer, Make It Chianti Classico

By Eric Asimov

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Even in warmer weather, some occasions cry out for a red. This Tuscan wine is a gorgeous expression of sangiovese, with many excellent producers.

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  Fontodi Chianti Classico 2017 $45
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  This large, well-known estate, owned by the Manetti family, has lower-elevation vineyards in Panzano near Greve. Fontodi farms organically, and its Chianti Classico is 100 percent sangiovese, fermented in tanks and aged in older barrels of French oak. The 2017 is rich and expressive, structured and linear, with fine tannins and flavors of dark cherry and flowers. (Vinifera Imports, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.)
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- San Giusto a Rentennano Chianto Classico 2018 $54
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  The Martini di Cigala family has owned this estate in Gaiole for generations. This elegant Chianti Classico is made from 95 percent sangiovese and 5 percent canaiolo, all farmed organically. It is rather high in alcohol at 14.5 percent, yet it paradoxically seems light-bodied, with pretty flavors of cherries, flowers and herbs, and fine tannins. (Vinifera Imports)
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  Cigliano di Sopra Chianti Classico 2017 $56

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