Having grown up on Chianti poured from the infamous fiasco, or straw flask, I am always elated when I find a bottle of Chianti that merges all the best from the past with all that is good with today’s viticultural techniques.

Since 2000, Chianti Classico has been undergoing a formal “upgrade.” Changes in wine laws were enacted then, all intended to improve the quality, and sales of Chianti Classico wines. Many older properties resisted the changes, but many did embrace the new order and as a result, started producing wines of distinct quality. One such property is Poggio Bonelli – a 16th century wine estate that commands about 160+ acres of very high-quality vineyard in the heart of Chianti Classico.


The estate has been passed down since the Middle Ages, finally ending up in the hands of a large global real estate company, Monte dei  Paschi di Siena. Well-financed with access to talented wine makers and the best technology, the wines of Poggio Bonelli are exceptional. Most notable is the combination of traditional Chianti characteristics with more modern hints – there is an earthy quality with layers of dried cherry and old leather, combined with jammy fruit and exotic spices. The result is just lovely.

At an average per bottle price of $24, finding this gem at Martignetti’s in Brighton MA at $15.99 (before the discount) was, in a word, awesome…

My tasting note:

Jammy nose with blackberry, black cherry, earthy hints. Full-bodied with moderate acidity and firm, dry tannin – well balanced. Dark fruit core with intense cherry, crushed lavender and cedar notes. Long finish – smooth with spice, dried fruit and vanilla on the aftertaste. Drinking well now with 5 to 7 years of aging potential. A super value.