Great 2017 and 2016 Chianti Classico Riservas

Chianti Classico grape harvest

Walter, never a fan, finds the Gran Selezione category in free fall while seriously enjoying the Riservas. See also Walter's own classification of Chianti Classico producers.

It was not just the 2018 Chianti Classico vintage that was a delightful surprise at this year’s big showing in Florence but also the equally good, admittedly few, 2017 Riservas I tasted. I decided to focus on the best producers, because I feel it makes no sense to focus on mediocrity in an already challenging vintage in the fallacious hope of finding gold. The few wines I tasted were so good that, mean-scoring...