Sept. 21, 2021 | by Antonio Galloni
VINOUS | “From Chianti Classico and Beyond – 2018 & 2019”

96/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Carbonaione is one of the most elegant editions of this flagship wine I can remember tasting. Il Carbonaione is usually a rich, bombastic wine, but the 2018 is sleek, gracious and remarkably refined. The fruit was picked a week later than originally planned because of a family emergency. That results in an exotic Carbonaione that is beguiling but not at all heavy. I can’t wait to see how it ages”

95/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“The 2018 Capogatto is a blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Inky red fruit, mocha, spice and wild flowers race out of the glass. Deep and potent in the glass, the 2018 possesses striking depth and as well as complexity. The 2018 is a bit compact today, but that should not be an issue in another few years’ time”

95/100 | PIANTONAIA 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“The 2018 Piantonaia, 100% Merlot, is deep, fleshy and super-expressive. Inky dark fruit, spice, licorice and mocha all meld together in the glass. The 2018 is deep, fleshy and wonderfully expressive from start to finish”

93/100 | CHIARA AURORA 2019 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“(Chiara) Aurora presents a whole range of Trebbiano and Malvasia aromatics married with the depth of Chardonnay, which makes for a super distinctive, appealing white. Deep, powerful and savory, with pretty top notes from the Malvasia on the finish, Chiara Aurora is a very beautiful and expressive white from Poggio Scalette”

92/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
“The 2019 Chianti Classico is classy, elegant and polished. Floral and spice notes lift a core of blue/purplish fruit. The 2019 offers a beguiling mix of Greve dark fruit, mid-weight structure and depth. The Classico is vinified like the flagship Carbonaione, but aged in cement. The 2019 is terrific”

Oct. 31, 2021 | by Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator | Vol. 46, No. 9

89/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
“This lush red boasts cherry, raspberry, earth and tobacco flavors, with a dense matrix of tannins for support and moderate length. Drink now through 2025”

Spet. 6, 2021 | by Touring Club Italiano
VINIBUONI D’ITALIA 2022

 IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
  POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico

Sept. 30, 2021 | by Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator

94/100 | PIANTONAIA 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Ripe aromas and flavors of plum, black cherry, loamy earth, eucalyptus and iron are aligned with a supple texture and well-integrated structure. Intense yet refined, with a long aftertaste of fruit, earth and iron. Merlot. Best from 2023 through 2040”

93/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“This red is charming and harmonious, with fresh black cherry and blackberry fruit, bright acidity and light tannins. Accents of wild herbs and iron add details. Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2028”

92/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A ripe style, marked by vanilla and toasty new oak, adding depth to its black cherry, blackberry and earth flavors. Solidly built, this needs time to absorb the dusty tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2023 through 2035”

Jul. 23, 2021 | by James Suckling
JamesSuckling.com

97/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Intense aromas of blue fruit, lavender and violets. Some sandalwood, too. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Really racy and refined with excellent length. Drinkable now, but a few years of bottle age will make it even more beautiful. Try after 2023”

95/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A red with blackberries, black olives and hints of herbs. It’s medium-bodied with very firm, chewy tannins that follow through to the finish. It’s well put together and persistent on the palate. Try after 2023 and onwards”

93/100 | PIANTONAIA 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Black-olive, bark and blue-fruit aromas follow through to a full body with round yet tight tannins. Bright acidity and a light balsamic touch to the aftertaste. Merlot. Drink or hold”

93/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
“A creamy, refined red with blackberry and bark aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with round tannins that are very polished. Bright and vivid. Typical for the appellation. Drink or hold”

June 17, 2021 | by Walter Speller
JancisRobinson.com

CHIANTI CLASSICO IN 2021 – Part 1” by W. Speller & J. Robinson

17+/20 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
Greve in Chianti. 100% Sangiovese aged for 10 months in concrete tank.
Mid crimson. Red cherry and rhubarb with minerally and spicy hints from oak. Slow to unfurl pure tangy cherry fruit finely ground tannins. Closes up on the finish, but decanting might speed things up. 13% but seems more voluminous than that”.

March 24, 2021 | by Michaela Morris (in Vancouver)
DECANTER

91/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
“In the high altitude, breezy reaches of Ruffoli, Poggio Scalette’s terraced vineyards sit on sandy, stony soil. Drought is an issue here but winemaker Jurij Fiore called 2019 ‘wonderful’ as summer rainstorms brought much-needed water. The nose is delightful, leading with red currants, cranberry, mint tea, tarragon and warm terracotta. Midweight and somewhat delicate in frame, though not insubstantial, there is a glossiness to the raspberry-laden core with compelling dustiness around the edges. Quite lip smacking and mouth scrubbing. Drinking window 2021 – 2026”.

July 1, 2021 | by Kerin O’Keefe
WINE ENTHUSIAST | ADVANCE BUYING GUIDE

90/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Aromas of ripe plum and oak-driven spice lead the nose along with a whiff of menthol. Reflecting the nose, the enveloping, full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, coconut, licorice and coffee bean while firm, grainy tannins leave an assertive, mouthdrying finish”.

90/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this has aromas suggesting black-skinned berries, mocha and a whiff of graphite. The forward palate recalls ripe black currant, espresso and licorice alongside polished tannins”.

90/100 | PIANTONAIA 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Aromas of toasted oak, tilled earth, blue flowers and blueberry form the nose. On the densely concentrated, enveloping palate, fine-grained tannins accompany prune, blackberry extract, licorice and candied notes before a roasted coffee bean finish”.

May 16-20, 2021 | by Marcus Hofshuster
WEIN.PLUS

92/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Firm, cool and quite deep aroma of blackcurrants and some cherries with floral and cedary traces, some herbs, red pepper and a hint of liquorice. Taut, juicy, tart, quite fresh fruit, present, fine tannin and some bite, spicy and herbal nuances, persistent, still young and undeveloped, tart nutty hints, clearly salt, cedary traces, has polish and freshness, very good, firm, juicy and finely spicy finish with bite. Still needs to mature”.

90/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Relatively tart, slightly fleshy and dried-vegetable scent of ripe predominantly dark berries and cherries with a hint of tar in the background. Ripe, rather juicy, partly preserved fruit, clear dry herbal notes, a hint of tobacco and nutty wood with bitter-chocolate hints and a hint of mocha, warm and persistent on the palate, lots of melting, noticeable but integrated alcohol, gains juice with air, very good, quite tight finish with nougat and a little milk chocolate”.

86/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2019 DOCG Chianti Classico
“Clear, quite fresh and polished aroma of mixed berries and cherries with dried floral nuances. Tart, youthful fruit, nutty and very slightly chocolaty aromas, crumbly, sandy tannin, good persistence, still very slightly muted on the palate, dried herbal and floral nuances, a little bitterish spice, some bite, good to very good, tart finish”.

April 30, 2021 | by Monica Larner
eRobertParker.com | THE WINE ADVOCATE

“ITALY, CHIANTI CLASSICO: DISCOVERIES FROM GREVE IN CHIANTI”
Issue #254 of End of April 2021

93/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Enologist Vittorio Fiore is the face behind Podere Poggio Scalette. The 2017 Capogatto is a hot vintage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This wine comes roaring out of the glass with thick layers of black fruit and lots of pretty intensity. The aromas are front-loaded in the 2017 to be sure, and wine follows through with a less formal, mid-weight impact to the palate”.

92/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Here’s a nice Sangiovese to serve with an appetizer of wild mushroom pâté spread over slices of freshly baked whole wheat bread. The Poggio Scalette 2017 Il Carbonaione is a sultry and rich wine from a hot vintage. Fruit in 2017 is dark and ripe, but more importantly, the vintage delivers extra concentration and textural fiber because of the lack of rain and moisture for most of the summer. This wine shows lots of rich and concentrated fruit at its core, with lighter touches of baked terracotta, toasted spice and iron ore. You might be surprised by a floral tone of violet and dried lavender that pops up on the close”.

91/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG CHIANTI CLASSICO
“The Poggio Scalette 2018 Chianti Classico is a classic expression from the Greve in Chianti subzone of the appellation with a touch of wild bramble that comes in with the breezes that blow over these wooded hills. This pretty wine opens to sweet blueberries and blackberries with some rose, earth and crushed stone. This is a linear and tight Chianti Classico that is offered at a great price”.

February 14, 2021 | by Simon Staffler & Othmar Kierm
FALSTAFF | TROPHY TOSKANA CENTRALE

The Sangiovese is the leading vine in Tuscany and from the “wine revolution” in the 1980s we know that Cabernet & Co. also grow well here.

96/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Dark garnet with a hint of purple. Noble on the nose with a fine spicy note, fine woods, rich in blackberry and black currant, delicate dark currant, minimally balsamic. It opens robust, with dark and light berries, full of tension and multilayer, spreads very well on the tongue, for a long time”.

95/100 | PIANTONAIA 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Dark garnet, almost impenetrable. Medium expression on the nose, light mint, blackberry and wild berries. Dense on the palate and with a lot of pressure, it shows a lot of tension, substantial and lively, first approach of great harmony, still has a long life ahead of it”.

93/100 | CAPOGATTO 2018 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Dark and deep garnet with violet reflections. Full, compact and dense nose of berries, black currant, blackberry, a hint of elderberry and a noble spicy note. Dense, full, full on the palate, it develops in several layers and harmoniously, with emphasis”.

by SEMINARIO LUIGI VERONELLI Editore | 2021 Edition | Pag. 0-0
93/100 IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
92/100 CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
92/100 PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
89/100 POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG Chianti Classico

by BIBENDA Editore | 2021 Edition | Pag. 0-0
   IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve

October 31, 2020 | TASTING NOTES

90/100 | PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Intense aromas and flavors of cherry, black currant, Tuscan scrub and iron mark this fluid red. Well-structured and balanced, with a firm finish. Merlot. Drink now through 2024”.

88/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG Chianti Classico
“Plump and juicy, boasting cherry, strawberry, floral and wild herb flavors. Balanced and mouthwatering, with a light coating of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2024”.

89/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A lean style, whose cherry, blackberry, floral, iron and tobacco flavors are enveloped by firm, chalky tannins. The fruit quality is excellent, but the dry finish is a bit troubling. Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2029”.

September 18, 2020 | By Antonio Galloni
VINOUS | “Chianti Classico: More Than Meets The Eye “

93+/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“The 2017 Il Carbonaione is a very beautiful and expressive wine. It is also quite ripe and forward, its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. I would use those qualities to their advantage, as the 2017 is likely to mature faster than other recent vintages, and that’s when Il Carbonaione really blossoms. Sweet pipe tobacco, leather, mint, game and licorice are some of the notes that are laced into the finish”.

93/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Capogatto is Poggio Scalette’s blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. 2017 is bright, fragranced and light. Readers will find it a wine driven by Greve and the house style rather than by an aromatic profile most readers would associate with Bordeaux varieties. Even so, there is plenty to appreciate. 2017 is a very pleasant wine with soft edges, bright acids and balanced final. In this vintage, Capogatto has a lighter style compared to the norm”.

91/100 | PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“The 2017 Piantonaia, 100% Merlot, is an attractive wine with plenty of near and medium-term appeal. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, hard candy and spice are the signatures of a warm, dry year. Even so, the 2017 retains a mid-weight sense of structure and terrific balance. What it does not offer in complexity it makes up for it with its sheer deliciousness”.

89/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG Chianti Classico
“The 2018 Chianti Classico is a very pretty wine, not complex or super-structured, but a real delight to taste. Bright red Sangiovese fruit and sweet floral notes are front and center. Time in the glass brings out a range of cedar, leather and tobacco notes. More than anything else, the 2018 is a wine to enjoy for its fruit goodness”

August 3, 2020 | by Raffaele Vecchione
WINECRITIC.COM.COM
The records of Tuscany: Super Tuscan and Bolgheri

96/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“The sensory profile of this mordant red in the visual and sensory matrix is lively and fragrant. The hints of red plums perfectly blends well with wild violet, cedar and orange juice and describe the main profile of a broad-shouldered top player. Medium-full body, creamy and silky on the palate showing polymerized tannins of important quality and a finish of medium persistence, lovely since the beginning, immediately. Compact and concentrated throughout the progression. Drink now or old”.

96/100 | PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Full and essential, the Piantonaia shows in the 2017 vintage a sweetness that you don’t expect in the delicate floral profile of remarkable beauty. Lavender meets the white flowers of magnolia, linden and acacia to intertwine gently with the quality of grapefruit juice and lime peel. Medium-full body, lovable and relaxed immediately makes beauty his best weapon. It shows soft tannins with little extracts, sweet by nature and ends with a finish of medium persistence with a very pleasant drinkability. Drink now”.

94/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Brilliant in the sensory matrix it shows notes of cherries, red plums, cut grass, thyme and lemongrass. Beautiful gentle background that tells of rose petals and mandarin peel. Medium-full body, soft and enveloping tannins and a slightly herbaceous finish in the lateral progression. Better since 2021”.

92/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG Chianti Classico
“Crunchy aroma with lively and intense fruits of raspberries and blueberries. The citrus undertone is delicious. Medium body, soft and little extracted tannins and a fruity and very pleasant finish. Drink now. Serious”.

July 28, 2020 | by James Suckling
JAMESSUCKLING.COM | “Weekly Tasting Report (Jul 26-Aug 1, 2020): Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Slovenia

95/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A creamy, ripe-tannined red with chocolate, berry, light vanilla and cappuccino character and a solid core of fruit and polished tannins. It’s full-bodied and well crafted. Better after 2022, when it will all come together”.

94/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A red with energy and focus for this ripe and dry vintage with dried-berry, cedar and leaf character to the hints of citrus. It’s full-bodied, yet lightly austere, which gives it character and tension. Tight tannins. Give it some time to soften. Better after 2022”.

93/100 | PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“A red with focus and precision and beautifully ripe, polished tannins. It’s medium-to full-bodied with dried-cherry, strawberry and berry character. Balanced and well crafted for this hot and dry vintage. Merlot. Drinkable now, but better in 2022”.

90/100 | POGGIO SCALETTE 2018 DOCG Chianti Classico
“A soft, easy Chianti Classico with sweet-berry and light cedar character. Some citrus zest. It’s medium-bodied with good fruit and a fresh finish. Drink now”.

July 28, 2020 | by Michaela Morris (Vancouver, Jun. 24, 2020) |
Chianti Classico alternatives: Top Tuscany IGT wines

Chianti Classico offers much more than wines bottled under the famous DOCG. Below, Michaela Morris takes a look at some of the region’s best wines labelled as IGT…

92/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Owned by renowned oenologist Vittorio Fiore, who purchased the abandoned property in 1991. Il Carbonaione is the estate’s oldest vineyard with 90-year-old vines planted on a steep terraced hillside in Ruffoli. Dark cherry, lavender and violet are infused with hints of tar. This is fruit-laden but pure, with an underlying juicy citrus note and velvety tannins. Finishes with sweet baking spice and vanilla. Drinking Window 2021 – 2031”

June 24, 2020 | by Bruce Sanderson
WINE SPECTATOR | INSIDER “HOT WINES”

95/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“An alluring array of blackberry, black cherry and violet aromas introduces this supple, elegant red. Spice, mineral and tobacco elements emerge, along with firm, refined tannins, but this is all about the pure fruit. Shows terrific harmony and length. Sangiovese. Best from 2022 through 2040”

February 14, 2020 | di Simon Staffler & Othmar Kierm
FALSTAFF | “Tasting Toscana Centrale
TUSCANY TO LOVE!

This time, during our tasting, over 400 wines from the central areas of Tuscany were tested. Central Tuscany, mainly the Chianti Classico area between Florence and Siena, also extends beyond Super Tuscan wines

94/100 | IL CARBONAIONE 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Sparkling ruby red. Very intense nose, opened with notes of canned peach, then a lot of dark cherry, some cinnamon. Compact and with a lot of smooth fruit, fine-meshed, well integrated tannins, long after cinnamon”.

94/100 | PIANTONAIA 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Sparkling, brightening ruby. Opened with notes of smoke and wet stone, then blackberry and some raspberry. Spicy notes on the palate, like cloves, robust, gripping tannins, salty finish”.

92/100 | CAPOGATTO 2017 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
“Bright ruby red. Spicy nose, of pickled cherries, licorice, cloves and dried rose petals. Then on the palate very juicy with precise fruit, salty, also mineral, spans a long time, still young, good future!”.

February 13, 2020 | di Marco Bonanni
ACQUABUONA.IT | L’INTERVISTA

In “Possible interviews: Vittorio Fiore. Of love and dedication“, Marco Bonanni “tells about Vittorio Fiore. A renovator of Italian oenology and beyond. A character who has, with common sense and with foresight, upset the concept and techniques of making wine until then in use, helping to project the Italian wine world into the gotha of the international scene

by SEMINARIO LUIGI VERONELLI Editore | 2020 Edition | Pag. 708-709
94/100 IL CARBONAIONE 2016 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
94/100 CAPOGATTO 2016 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
93/100 PIANTONAIA 2016 IGT Alta Valle della Greve
90/100 POGGIO SCALETTE 2017 DOCG Chianti Classico

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