97pts James Suckling
A stunning Chianti Classico Gran Selezione that shows pure lavender and violets, in addition to riper dark cherries, tea leaves, olives, eucalyptus and spice box. Very structured and muscular on the palate, which encompasses layers of dark fruit and plenty of driving acidity to take this through to a long, chewy finish.
93pts Wine Enthusiast
Enticing aromas of violet, eucalyptus and leather lead the nose. The fragrant, structured palate delivers black cherry, clove, tobacco and cinnamon alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity keeps it well-balanced. Editors' Choice
Marco Bacci has owned this expansive Castelnuovo Berardenga property since 1998 and has significantly increased the Gran Selezione production since the inaugural 2013 vintage - from 10,000 to 50,000 bottles. The 2016 release is robust and big-boned but with a savoury and mellow personality. It is dominated by intriguing nuances of mushroom, spice and blood. Firm tannins keep the soft fruit in check while measured acidity injects vibrancy. Some warming alcohol on finish.
Bright ruby red color, definitely dense. Broad, fruity bouquet with distinct notes of cherry and prune accompanied by sweet notes of red fruits, such as currants. Hints of nutmeg and cloves in the finish. Smooth on the palate thanks to soft, well-distributed tannins. Good balance between alcohol and acidity with a long, enjoyable and appetizing finish.