There are always some producers who choose to age their wines in their cellars for longer than required, and tasting these late-release 2020s next to their 2021 counterparts was instructive, as the two vintages have some similarities.
While 2021 was hotter and drier than 2020, harvest wasn’t necessarily earlier, and some producers picked later. Comparing the two, Alyson Morgan at Podere Capaccia in Radda describes 2021 as less stressful. ‘The vines stayed happy and healthy all the way through the season. We started picking Sangiovese on October 1st, which is right on schedule for us.’
Chianti Classico 2021 vintage rating: 4.5/5
Ample winter rain and spring showers helped offset the hot, dry conditions in summer, while localised spring frost damage contributed to lower yields. The resulting annata are relatively rich and structured.
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