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?
Hope to see you at the tasting bar this Saturday for the opportunity to sample Volpaia and Bonelli from the great 2016 Tuscan vintage (rated 97 points by Wine Advocate). 2015 and 2016 are now considered the best back-to-back vintages in generations. Below is the Wine Spectator’s review of the 2015.
“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)
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. At this stage, the 2016 Bonelli does not seem as lavish and or as endowed as the previous vintage. With airing the Bonelli displays a distractive little rag tag tannic astringency on the latter palate, More specifically, while the aroma and flavor profile is of dark ripe cherries, balsamic and a slightly charred wood spice, Bonelli picks up a tinge of herbaceousness and slight green olive note with further airing. A very good wine with fresh acidity, this Bonelli effort is better suited for savory, rustic and casual cucina like salumi, pizza and red sauce/ragu pastas. Appealing to drink now, but should improve for 3-4 years and continue to hold. Great value at this price! ES