Chianti Classico’s annual ‘Collection’ tasting at Florence’s Stazione Leopolda is typically a two-day, surround-sound immersion complete with 200 producers and hundreds of wines.
Not to be defeated by Covid 19, this year’s event was postponed, rolling out in several locations this month – albeit without wineries attending.
Unable to travel, I climbed Chianti Classico’s ladder in the silence of my home in Vancouver, Canada, tasting over 120 new releases.
Scroll down for Michaela Morris’ top-scoring Chianti Classico 2019 and 2018 wines
The denomination’s three-tier classification – annata (vintage), Riserva and Gran Selezione – makes for a multi-vintage panorama.
On the first rung, annata wines require twelve months of ageing before release. As numerous estates choose to age theirs longer, I sized up 2019 while revisiting 2018.