Chianti Classico DOCG – 2014 – 4.5 stars – Opening a Bottle
“I have rarely used the word “fresh” to describe a Sangiovese wine, but that’s exactly what I liked about Castello di Volpaia’s entry-level Chianti Classico. Perhaps some of Sangiovese’s coarser edges are polished by the 10% Merlot in this wine?
Aromas bring to mind Sangiovese’s usual, high-toned sour-cherry brightness as well as traces of oak and leather, but there is a meaty quality here as well that — perhaps because of my Piedmont-inclined palate — puts this wine in a versatility spectrum similar to Barbera d’Asti, one of Italy’s most food-friendly wines. Lightly tannic and not overly oaky, it remains bright and vital on the palate.”