2016 San Giusto a Rentennano "Le Baròncole" Chianti Classico Riserva (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1446703 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Lots of blackberry and blueberry aromas with freshly cut flowers. Full body. Firm and lightly chewy tannins with a mineral and hot-stone undertone to the brightness and energy. Fantastic, single-vineyard Chianti Classico. Needs a year or two to soften. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole is a beautiful wine that delivers a very convincing performance as soon as you venture your happy nose into the glass. The wine is inky dark in appearance, yet brilliant hues of dark ruby and garnet shine bright from within. There is a moment of austerity on the bouquet, with dark aromas of slate and blackberry that slowly unwind and relax to producer softer aromas of red cherry and candied plum. This wine's natural range and distance shows more latitude than you may expect. This Riserva is a real beauty, and this vintage is something truly special. (ML) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole is a super-elegant, perfumed wine. Classy and polished, with exceptional balance, the 2016 has so much to offer. All the best elements of the house style come together in a deep, layered Chianti Classico that oozes with class. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol build into the finely knit, delineated finish. The 2016 spent 22 months in a combination of casks and smaller format French oak, mostly tonneaux. In 2016, Baròncole is especially fine. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2020 | Send Email
What a wine. I've been following the wines of San Giusto a Rentennano over the past couple years, and they've received nearly every winemaking benchmark you can imagine (multiple 100-pointers, WS Top 10, etc). Even at this modest price level, it's easy to see why the wines are so cherished. It has a bit of the wild side of Sangiovese with dark red to black fruits, a bit of an herbal note, and racy acidity. But it is rich and deep, with resounding waves of fruit, in a way that makes me think of top-notch Super Tuscans at twice the price instead of a Chianti. This offers a ton right now with a healthy decant, but will age beautifully over the better part of two decades.

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