Is a 2013 Chianti still good?

Is a 2013 Chianti still good?

Whilst a Chianti Classico is a high quality wine, it doesn’t have that extensive oak ageing that allows to develop great maturity. In general should really be drunk before the 10 year mark, whereas a great Riserva can last 10-15 years.

What is the difference between a Chianti and a Chianti Classico?

The difference is that Chianti and Chianti Classico are separate appellations. The main grape in both appellations is Sangiovese. In Chianti Classico, the wine must be made from at least 80 percent Sangiovese grapes. In Chianti, only 70 percent needs to be Sangiovese.

What was a good year for Chianti Classico?

In the last five years, 2016 and 2018 were the most favourable for Chianti Classico. In these years the grapes achieved the best balance between complexity of aromas, power and richness. In contrast, 2014 and 2015 were difficult years for Chianti Classico.

Is Chianti Classico a good wine?

Today, Chianti Classico DOCG is considered by many to be the highest-quality offering for Chianti.

How long should you age a Chianti?

The Chianti Classico Riserva needs to age for 24 months with a minimum of 3 months in bottle and 21 on wood before it can be sold. Young Chianti wines have a fresh fruity somewhat sharp drink while older Riserva wines become more full bodied and soft.

What is the highest quality level of Italian wines?

DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) is the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality.

What kind of wine is Chianti Classico?

Chianti Classico is a dry, red wine made only in a specific part of Tuscany in central Italy. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the real deal. Specifically in central Tuscany, in the mountain-air-cooled hills between Siena and Florence by the Monti Chianti.

Is 2017 a good year for Chianti Classico?

Despite the significantly lower production quantities, the quality of the 2017 wines was, from the first tasting, a pleasant surprise. So overall this is a very pleasant vintage, despite initial doubts, that has produced fine quality wines that promise well for future development.