See Taking Chianti Classico seriously for the background to this collection of tasting notes spanning the vintages 2011 to 2007 and see Guide to Walter's Tuscan week for links to all the other articles published this week.
These 126 wines are grouped by vintage and/or quality category and then alphabetically by producer (sur)name.
EN PRIMEUR 2011
Radda in Chianti. 100% Sangiovese. Cask sample. Purplish crimson. Quite pure and fresh and with a leafy note. Very good balance and extract. High drinkability! Great effort for the vintage. (WS)
Castellina in Chianti. 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot, 3% Malvasia, 2% Colorino. Deep crimson. Rich and sweet and with well-integrated oak. Very ripe fruit, it seems, but polished. Succulent palate. And creamy notes take the overhand over the fruit at the moment, but more is to come. (WS)
Castellina in Chianti. 100% Sangiovese.
Very dark ruby. Rich, generous and slightly overripe nose with a herbal streak, nonetheless. Popular soft fruit palate and slightly tough tannins, but generally should please the masses. (WS)
Castellina in Chianti. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. Surprisingly dark ruby. Sweet international nose with balsamic oak and eucalyptus. Well grafted and with refreshing acidity and lots of posh oak on the finish. (WS)
Radda in Chianti. 95% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino.
Very concentrated deep ruby. Sweet and dusty oak nose. Cherry with bite on the palate, but more subdued finish. Stalky tannin. (WS)