A dazzling, explosive wine, the 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto San Marcellino is endowed with serious aromatic presence, color intensity and overall depth. Dark red and purplish-fruit, exotic, spice and leather are all boldly sketched in a vivid, stunning Chianti Classico that comes alive in the glass. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer richness of the fruit. What a stunningly beautiful wine this is. After a trio of warm vintages, 2013 was a welcome change. When all was said and done, the 2013 was picked later than the 2014. (AG)
Named after a nearby 11th century church, the 7ha San Marcellino vineyard boasts 50-year-old vines. The wine is rounded out with Pugnitello, a recently revived Tuscan grape that lends colour and fleshy fruit. Aged in small French barrels, of which 20% are new, it's a deft demonstration of finesse and power. Dark cherry, liquorice, leather and an underlying minerality are fully complemented by well-integrated oak. (MM)
Aromas of orange peel, bark and cherries follow through to a full body with chewy tannins. A juicy finish. The wood is still showing a lot here, but it will come around in another year or two. Try in 2020.
A rich, sinewy red, offering cherry, leather, earth and mineral notes. Shows beautiful fruit and expression despite the tough tannins in the end. Give this the benefit of the doubt. Best from 2021 through 2033. 1,500 cases made. BS
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