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
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

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

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

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