2014 Viticcio Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany
This is the Viticcio’s most historic wine, the first label ever produced by the winery back in 1966.
It is a Chianti Classico DOCG made from 98% Sangiovese with a splash of Merlot (2%) to round it up a little.
Viticcio produces around 150.000 bottles of it per year.
The wine comes in a dark red color, apparently dense tannins on the core, bright on the rim.
The nose is intensely scented, filed with loads of fresh cherry fruit aromas, oaky notes (vanilla, toasted hazelnut and clove), and a distinct spiciness in the form of black pepper tones.
It’s vibrant, invitingly lively to smell, and quite powerful. Ripe in the fruity feel too.
The palate absolutely confirms this positive impression. The red fruit flavors combined with extrovert oaky notes are clearly marked upfront, assumed.
The overall balance is very good with solid acidity, some perceived sweetness (though it’s dry of course) and rich body from the obviously ripeness and dense yet rather-smooth tannins.
Good grip on the tannins on the finish, with some vegetal bitterness to it give a sense of savoriness, but the fruit intensity and impression of ripeness remain the dominant feel.
A more than well-made Chianti Classico, filled with the Sangiovese fruit richness when it’s well ripe and executed, and positively complemented with quality oak flavors and texture.
The result is rich, upfront fruity, and spicy, providing with a complex enjoyable Chianti experience in a modern style.
When to drink?
With its less than tow years old when tasted, this is still a young wine. Not all Chianti wines feel like they could evolve much more like this one though.
Although it is already smooth and openly upfront now for a solid enjoyment of its qualities, it will certainly evolve and develop further complexity and savory spices for the 5 to 8 years to come.
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— Julien Miquel #Wine (@JMiquelWine) August 27, 2016