2012 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico, Chianti (750ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Chianti
Grape Varietal: Sangiovese
Review Score: 90V, 89WS, 88WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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The 2012 Chianti Classico is wonderfully pliant, open and generous. Dark red fruit, smoke, tobacco and wild flowers are all very much alive in this beautifully expressive, vibrant, mid-weight Chianti Classico. The tannins are a bit firm today, but even so, its obvious the 2012 is a first-class effort. The purity of the fruit alone is simply striking. Bright, red and articulate, the 2012 is a real standout in this tricky vintage. Readers who want to go straight to the top in 2012 should start here. This is a drop-dead gorgeous Chianti.

90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2014)

A tight, austere version, with vivid cherry, floral and mineral flavors punctuated by stern tannins. Finds balance as the finish lingers, so be patient. Best from 2016 through 2024. 3,300 cases made.

89 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2014)

Sweet cherry, medicinal herb and cough syrup opens the fragrant bouquet of the 2012 Chianti Classico. This is a floral and lively interpretation of Chianti Classico. The mouthfeel is streamlined and tight, showing a level of focus and immediacy that are really quite impressive. There’s a firm tannic bite at the end.

88 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 215 - Oct 2014)