Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 10, 2017

2015 Montesecondo, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy.
Silvio Messana’s biodynamic Montesecondo Chianti Classico is one of my favorite wines and this 2015 is one of the best vintages I’ve tasted yet from this small estate in San Casciano in the northern zone of Chianti Classico near Florence. The Montesecondo Chianti Classico is a blend of local varietals, mostly Sangiovese along with small amounts of Canaiolo and Colorino, it’s aged in neutral cask allowing this wine to show it’s pure and authentic character. The 2015 is rich and full bodied highlighting the warm and serious vintage that Tuscany enjoyed, this is a vintage to start thinking about and checking out and this Montesecondo Chianti Classico is a beautiful and fresh example with gorgeous detail, lovely layers and charm. Messana’s Chianti Classico 2015 has a very stylish and pretty garnet/ruby color and starts with spicy dried flowers, red berry and mineral notes leading to a ripe palate of black raspberry, cherry, wild plum and candied blood orange fruits along with sweet tobacco leaf, peppery spices, cedar and lingering tangy currant. This wine dances in the mouth with vitality and life, but has a satiny tannin feel with lush texture, as well as having a light earthy element, without question this a fantastic terroir impression which shines a focused spotlight on Tuscany and this brilliant estate, this is a wine you are going to want. The Montesecondo 2015’s, imported by Louis/Dressner, are all great, the regular 100% Sangiovese IGT Rosso aged in only stainless tank is seductively delicate and easy to love and the Amphora raised TIN is an exotic and joyous red, but it’s this Montesecondo Chianti Classico 2015 that really offers absolutely best of value and intrigue for the price, drink over the next 3 to 5 years, it’s a total winner in every way!
($25 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive