Istine “Vigna Istine” Chianti Classico 2019
Istine’s wines are a beautifully pure expression of Chianti. No foreign grapes, no French oak. Just the traditional grapes and methods, and it works.
The Istine vineyard, a single vineyard of almost 4 hectares, was planted in 2002. It is in the heart of the historic Chianti zone between Castellina and Radda, on a hilltop surrounded by woods. The wines made from the Istine vineyard have a brilliant medium-red color; aromas and flavors of red fruit, particularly cherry, with an herbal note in the background. It finishes with a tea-like hint of bitterness and lovely, fresh, almost pomegranate acidity. 2019 is an excellent vintage for Tuscan Sangiovese. It’s hard to resist drinking this now but will age and improve for at least 5 years in the bottle, particularly as the vines get older.