2018 Fattoria Dianella, Chianti Riserva (RT94) Similar to the Chianti, this is a slightly different percentage blend of the same varieties with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Colorino. However, a finer selection of grapes grown in their oldest Sangiovese vineyard plots, are sorted, vinified, and then aged for 18 months in Slovonian botti, followed by a few months in bottle prior to release. The result is markedly different. The classicism of Chianti Riserva shines in a proud way as thunderous notes of black cherry, dried florals, forest scrub and damp earth waft from the glass, with time the essence of the Tuscan experience emerges as notes of dust and minerality remind one of the wine’s home. The palate is beautifully austere as the ripe fruit stands juxtaposed against the mouth watering acidity and ripe, but firm tannins. The is a gorgeous expression of Tuscany’s Sangiovese variety, accented by the small detail provided by the Colorino. An attractively priced classic! Drink 2024-2038 Tasted October 2023