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"Simply put, it is hard to go wrong with a bottle of Tuscan red in 2006." -Wine Advocate - 09/08/2009 - Italy

The question isn't whether or not your should buy 2006 Chianti, but which 2006 Chianti you should buy. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006s are big, full-bodied wines loaded with super-ripe fruit, but with plenty of stuffing underneath...The 2006s will be tempting to drink young for their opulent fruit, but the best wines have the potential to age gracefully for many years." The Felsina "Rancia" and the Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo represent some of the best wines of this vintage. Buy the Felsina to enjoy in the nearer-term while the Fontodi rests in your cellar. Please note - the Fontodi wines are not currently in stock. They are scheduled to arrive in stores for pick-up or shipping on November 1, 2009.

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2006 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" ($39.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is another of the truly great wines in this tasting. It is most similar in style to the 2001 for its power, but also has some of the aromatic finesse and complexity of the 2004. Layers of fruit build to the explosive, huge finish. Today the 2006 is big, implosive and tightly wound, but it will be absolutely gorgeous in another few years. Actually, it already is. Since its release a few years ago, the 2006 has continued to move towards a more refined expression of Sangiovese while maintaining all of the structure it showed as a young wine. (AG) 96+" (06/2012)

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo - -4 available ($62.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo shows the pedigree of the vintage, one of the very best of the last 25 years. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice and graphite explode from the glass in a wine that comes across as a combination of 2008 and 2010. Sounds pretty good to me. All the elements are beautifully integrated in the glass. A stunning Vigna del Sorbo, the 2006 will drink well to age 25-30, perhaps beyond. Today, though, it is an infant, so further cellaring is advisable. 96+ Points (AG)" (02/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is seriously dark, rich and intense. Dark cherries, tobacco, herbs and minerals come together in this brooding, weighty Vigna del Sorbo. Today the wine comes across as completely closed and folded in on itself, but with time it should emerge as a beauty. The elegance of the superb 2004 seems missing, and this looks to be an especially concentrated vintage for this wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026. (AG)" (08/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator: "***Highly Recommended*** Full-bodied, displaying an amazing concentration of fruit and big, chewy tannins. Velvety and chewy, yet theres so much underneath. Layered and impressive. What a great wine. (JS)" (08/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of sour red cherry, blackberry, bitter chocolate, licorice, flowers and toasty oak. Moderately sweet and rich, with dark fruit and licorice flavors framed by spicy oak. The firm finish shows lingering notes of minerals and cedar. A very typical Vigna del Sorbo, hinting at Cabernet Sauvignon but showing a pliant texture and lots of lovely Sangiovese character." (07/2010)

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo (1.5L) - -1 available ($134.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo shows the pedigree of the vintage, one of the very best of the last 25 years. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice and graphite explode from the glass in a wine that comes across as a combination of 2008 and 2010. Sounds pretty good to me. All the elements are beautifully integrated in the glass. A stunning Vigna del Sorbo, the 2006 will drink well to age 25-30, perhaps beyond. Today, though, it is an infant, so further cellaring is advisable. (AG) 96+" (02/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Full-bodied, displaying amazing concentration of fruit and big, chewy tannins. Velvety and chewy, yet there's so much underneath. Layered and impressive. What a great wine. Best after 2011." (09/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Full-bodied, displaying an amazing concentration of fruit and big, chewy tannins. Velvety and chewy, yet theres so much underneath. Layered and impressive. What a great wine." (08/2010)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is seriously dark, rich and intense. Dark cherries, tobacco, herbs and minerals come together in this brooding, weighty Vigna del Sorbo. Today the wine comes across as completely closed and folded in on itself, but with time it should emerge as a beauty. The elegance of the superb 2004 seems missing, and this looks to be an especially concentrated vintage for this wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026. My visit to Fontodi last year was fascinating, as I spent several hours with proprietor Giovanni Manetti and oenologist Franco Bernabei tasting through multiple barrels of all of the estate'ss wines." (08/2009)

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