Can the 2016 Poggio Bonelli Chianti Classico actually be better than the incredible 2015 vintage which was rated a classic 95 points by Wine Spectator? 2015 and 2016 are now considered the best back-to-back vintages in generations with a slight nod going to the 2016 for more concentration and intensity.
The 2016 Bonelli Chianti Classico displays a bright, clear, deep ruby red color, while ripe dark red cherry fruit aromas and flavors are primary, front and center. More specifically, while the aroma and flavor profile is of dark ripe cherries, balsamic and a slightly charred wood spice, this Chianti Classico picks up an inviting tinge of savory herb and slight green olive note with further airing. A very good wine with fresh acidity, this Bonelli effort is best suited for casual, rustic cucina like salumi, pizza, meatballs, and red sauce/ragu pastas. Appealing to drink now, but should improve for 4-5+ years and continue to hold. Great value at this price! ES
Curiously, the Wine Advocate rated the 2016 Bonelli Chianti Classico at 91 points, and the 2015 at 90 points. The Wine Spectator has yet to rate the 2016 Bonelli Chianti Classico? But see its 95 point rating for the 2015 below. Regardless, know this Chianti is one of the truly great values in the market today.
“Here’s a great, easy-drinking wine from beautiful Tuscany. The 2016 Chianti Classico is a full and generous wine from a classic vintage. The wine is streamlined and elegant, but this Sangiovese-based red wine has intense fruit and oak spice in equal measure.” – 91 points Wine Advocate.
2015 Bonelli Chianti Classico – “Offers enticing aromas of black cherry, leather, tobacco, iron and earth. Well-structured and full of ripe fruit, this builds to a vibrant, tannic finish, with a lingering aftertaste of iron, cherry and leather. Should develop beautifully. Best from 2020 through 2032. 4,600 cases made.” B.S – 95 points, Wine Spectator (Sept 30, 2018)