Istine Chianti Classico DOCG 2018 (Tuscany, Italy) - [WE 93] [VM 92] [DC 92] [JS 91]

Istine Chianti Classico DOCG 2018
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WE 93] [VM 92] [DC 92] [JS 91]

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About the Winery:
The Istine vineyard, a single vineyard of almost 4 hectares, was planted in 2002. It is in the heart of the historic Chianti zone between Castellina and Radda, on a hilltop surrounded by woods. The wines made from the Istine vineyard have a brilliant medium-red color; aromas and flavors of red fruit, particularly cherry, with a background note of something herbal. It finishes with a tea-like hint of bitterness and lovely, fresh, almost pomegranate acidity. It’s hard to resist drinking this now but will age and improve for at least 5 years in the bottle, particularly as the vines get older.

Notes from the Winemaker:
The commitment for the future is to evolve and grow, while remaining faithful to the traditions and to our territory, trying to enhance as much as possible what nature is offering us and the viticultural peculiarities of the highest lands of the Chianti region.
We are certified organic since 2016. We believe in respect for nature, for the people working in the vineyard and for those who taste the wine in the glass.

Tasting Notes:
Bright medium red color; classic aromas and flavors of sour cherry, herbs and sandalwood; medium weight with a long finish. An absolutely excellent all-around table wine.

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Aromas of crushed dark-skinned berry, violet, tilled earth and baking spice are front and center on this fragrant red. Racy and loaded with youthful energy, the savory palate features black plum, Marasca cherry and licorice framed in taut polished tannins. Bright acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink through 2025." - Kerin O'Keefe (11/1/2020)

92 Points - Vinous Media:

"The 2018 Chianti Classico is bright and racy, with tons of Radda Sangiovese character. Red berry fruit, flowers, chalk and white pepper all grace this super-expressive, translucent Chianti Classico. The 2018 is a bit airy and taut, but that is also a big part of its appeal. Readers who appreciate slightly nervous reds will adore the 2018." - Antonio Galloni (9/2020)

92 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"While Angela Fronti makes a top-notch trio of distinct single-vineyard bottlings, her estate blend is no slouch. It’s also among the region’s best value for money. Mostly Radda fruit with a little bit from Gaiole, the 2018 bursts with vitality and freshness. Gorgeous scents of violet and juniper meet crunchy raspberry and redcurrant. It’s lightweight but not flimsy with fine, powdery tannins caressing the mid-palate. Simply a joy to drink." - Michaela Morris (3/24/2021)

91 Points - James Suckling:

"A finely crafted red with cherry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now." (7/15/2020)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Istine 2018 Chianti Classico (made with organic fruit) is a steady and classic expression that delivers plenty of varietal purity. The wine sports bright forest berry and cherry with crushed flowers and dusty limestone. It is balanced and mid-weight in intensity and ready to drink with your favorite pasta dish in the near term while the fruit is as its freshest and most vibrant." - Monica Larner (3/11/2021)