Chianti, situated in the region of?Tuscany?in central?Italy, is home to probably the best-known of all Italian wine districts, closely associated with red wines based on the?Sangiovese?grape. A tasting of Chianti is characterized by red and black cherry characters, along with savory notes, wild herbs and spice, supported by racy acidity and well-structured tannins.
Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, cinnamon and the essence of Sangiovese fruit all lift from the glass effortlessly, while silky tannins convey an overall impression of finesse. The style is a bit lean and classically austere, but that is what is to be expected in a cooler area. If the 2013 gains a bit more depth in bottle it might merit a higher score in the future.