The year began auspiciously with a Decanter panel tasting evaluating the cellaring potential of Chianti Classico. At 25 years old, San Giusto a Rentennano’s 1998 Riserva was a resounding validation. Soon after, at the denomination’s annual-release tasting, Podere Il Palazzino’s 2016 Grosso Sanese lent positive reinforcement to the Gran Selezione category.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for Michaela Morris’ top 10 wines of 2023
Onwards to a zone more commonly fêted for the longevity of its wines, Montalcino’s producers were generous in sharing from their libraries. Topping the list, Biondi-Santi uncorked a Riserva from the much-lauded 1988 vintage – and did it ever live up to its reputation!
Michaela’s top wines of 2023
Wines are listed white then red in score order