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A trio of excellent 2010 Chianti Classico


By all accounts the 2010 vintage in Chianti Classico was uneven but it did produce some stunning wines.  For this post I asked Tim to recommend several of these wines priced at or below $20.  After trying all three wines I am quite excited.  The 2010 Carpineto, Chianti Classico Riserva tilts towards the red fruit spectrum.  The weighty flavors are pleasing now but there is a depth and structure which will allow even more flavor with age.   The 2010 Podere il Palazzino, Argenina, Chianti Classico is attractively dark fruited and flavorful but also the tightest.  While the flavors are there it really needs a year or two for the structure to integrate more.   Finally, the 2010 Fattoria Rodano, Chianti Classico is the most forward of the three.  It combines dark cherry flavors, minerals, and an earthy note.  The last bottle I tried was singing so it took all of my self-control to leave some for the second night.  I recommend you stock up on all three of these wines!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 Carpineto, Chianti Classico Riserva – $20
Imported by Opici Wines.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese that was aged in oak for over one year.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The red fruit aromas mix with some meat.  In the mouth it is primarily red fruit that comes through.  The wine has a certain thickness which matches the bright acidity.  The wine has weight on the tongue, leaving ripe and textured tannins on the gums.  It already has more depth but really calls for further development.  With air the cool fruit takes on earth, orange-red hints, and even a suggestion of maturity.  ***(*) Now – 2026.

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2010 Podere il Palazzino, Argenina, Chianti Classico – $17
Imported by de Grazia Imports.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese that was fermented in stainless steel then aged in small oak casks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The low-lying, dark nose is outmatched by the ample flavors in the mouth.  The dark fruit begins with rounded edges and watering acidity before it firms up through a dose of drying tannins.  There are hints of sweet fruit at the beginning followed by tart, black fruit in the finish.  Though flavorful, this wine could really use a year or two of age.  *** Now – 2021.

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2010 Fattoria Rodano, Chianti Classico – $17
Imported by Enotec Imports.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese that was aged for over two years in large Slavonian casks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  Meaty aromas make way to deep flavor in this young but accessible wine.  The dark cherry, mineral flavors mix with ripe, textured, and drying tannins.  The flavors turn blacker and more mineral towards the finish which is a little aggressive.  This attractive, mouthfilling wine even takens on an earthy hint.  *** Now – 2021.

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