2017 Poggerino, Chianti Classico Riserva, Bugialla (RT95+) This is another stellar effort by Poggerinos’ Piero Lanza, head agronomist and oenologist, the man impassioned with Sangiovese! In this tougher vintage than either 2015 or 2016, Bugialla twinkles like a star with superb vinification, no detail being overlooked in the vineyard or in the winery. Translucent, medium ruby with a garnet tinge, it echoes thunderous deep notes of black cherry, plum, dusty spices, and sweet tobacco with its powerful, fruit driven bouquet. But it’s the palate where the magic really comes through with its amazing weightlessness, silky texture, and super fine tannins that lead to the long finish. This is a mind-blowing wine for such a challenging vintage. Drink now-2037+