The 2018 Chianti Classico Vigna Casanova dell'Aia is a rich, powerful wine. It is also a bit less put together than the other wines in the range at this stage. Succulent black cherry, plum, licorice, tobacco, spice and new leather all build as this decidedly potent, virile wine shows everything it has. All of the Istine 2018s need more time, none moreso than the Casanova dell'Aia.
94+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Sep 2020)
Made entirely with Sangiovese, this has energizing aromas of crushed mint, cedar, rose and tilled earth. Vibrant and focused, the structured palate delivers juicy black cherry, ripe plum and baking spice alongside taut, fine-grained tannins. It finishes on a licorice note. Give it a few more years to fully develop. Drink 2023–2028.
93 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2020)
A juicy, fruity red with blackberry, mushroom and walnut aromas and flavors. Lots of fruit and a chewy finish. I like the mushroom and spice undertones to the fruit. Drink now or hold.
92 points, James Suckling (Oct 2020)