As I typically visit Tuscany several times a year, it was a long 18 months before I was able to get back to her cherished hills in autumn 2021. I returned again in March of this year for the region’s annual preview of new releases.
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In Chianti Classico, the ‘Collection’ tasting featured 650 labels from 180 estates.
I made a reasonable dent in those numbers, rounding out the two-day event with visits to producers and trying well over 200 wines.
With successes in every category and throughout vintages, Chianti Classico impressed above all with its commitment to organics. A whopping 52.5% of its vineyards are now certified, with many more currently in conversion.
Vino Nobile’s anteprima was more contained, with a blind tasting featuring approximately 40 wines from the most recent vintages. I supplemented this by calling in at a handful of estates, soaking up the landscape I had sorely missed while I sipped on some magnificent 2019s.
Both regions were abuzz with their respective new subdivisions, which provided a backdrop for a deeper-than-ever dive into their multifaceted territories.