Jamie Goode reviews Chianti Classico 2017
Award-winning writer Jamie Goode came to wine by a rather convoluted route, via a PhD in plant biology. After several years of working as a book editor, he began publishing wineanorak.com, which is now one of the most insightful wine websites. As well as writing a column for UK national newspaper The Sunday Express, he also lectures and judges wine and he’s the co-chair for the International Wine Challenge.
Cherry red in colour, this is a really beautiful expression of Sangiovese with fine cherry, redcurrant and berry fruit, a dusty tannic structure, as well as notes of leather, juniper and dried herbs. There are lovely contrasts here between the fine, floral silky red fruits and the fairly substantial structure from the tannins and acidity. Such finesse, and quite a bit of ageing potential. It’s not an easy wine, nor is it seductive, but it has beauty.
94/100 · Jamie Goode
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