Chianti Classico – 2022 vintage and late releases

Radda in Chianti and vineyards

Even if outdone by the superb 2021, the 2022 Chianti Classicos are much better than expected. Come back tomorrow for Walter's reviews of newly released Chianti Classico Riserva and Gran Selezione wines, primarily from the 2021 vintage. Above, vineyards blanket the slopes around Radda in Chianti.

In February, the annual presentation of new Chianti Classico vintages in Florence happened against reports of Italy’s wine sales in serious decline, reportedly down 7% in value compared with last year, in the international market. Depending on which of the various reports you believe, the decline in the US, its biggest market, is...