2001 Isole e Olena, Toscana IGT, Cepparello (RT93) Cepparello is the brainchild of the Isole e Olena winery owner Paolo di Marchi, and a genius he is. It was introduced as a 100% pure expression of Sangiovesi in 1980, long before non-blended Sangiovesi Chianti Classico was permitted, thus the Toscana IGT designation. This bottle was bought on release and cellared since. The 2001 Cepparello is midway through its peak drinking window at age 20, showing a medium ruby that is clean, bright, and translucent. The bouquet is initially a bit shy, but with time in the glass reveals sour red cherry, dusty dried berries, hints of dried flowers and a splash of spice. The style is built on elegance and finesse. The palate echoes the sour red cherry persona with bright, acid-driven fruit, but finishes smooth and caressing. Tannins are now fully integrated, enjoy this now and over the coming few years to catch it at its best. Drink now-2026+

2009 Felsina, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG (RT92+) An impressive showing for the lovely 2009 Felsina CCR, this 100% Sangiovesi reveals the magic of this vintage. Showing very fresh and vibrant for Chianti of 12 years of age and still hanging on to its youthful vigor. Its dark, brooding Berardegna fruit reveals a dense, deep ruby hue as notes of black cherry, aromatic pine resin, sous bois, Tuscan spice and hints of orange zest and summer flowers emerge. The mouthfeel is smooth and caressing, packed with rich ripe fruit, supportive acidity and the sweet, ripe tannins remain fresh and edgy. This is just now turning the corner to early peak drinking but should continue to age exceptionally well, especially for the price point. My suggestion: buy this wine from more recent vintages and cellar them. Chianti Classico remains a top value category! Drink now-2034+