Rocca delle Macie Tenuta Sant Alfonso Chianti Classico 2018 $34.99

Word on the street is that 2018 could be the best vintage yet of this hugely popular sangiovese. Earthy, liquorice and smoke-laced aromatics link with pomegranate and cherry characters, iron filings, graphite and leads to a smooth, meaty mouthfeel. It hits that balance that good Chianti Classico should strike between being juicy and fresh, yet dry and deliciously dusty. The tannins are finely-tuned and textural. Nice, very nice.

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