Luiano Chianti Classico DOCG

Luiano

VARIETALS

5% Cabernet Sauvignon

5% Merlot

90% Sangiovese

APPELLATION

Tuscany, Italy

 

Luiano Chianti Classico DOCG

Sangiovese dominates this classic Tuscan blend rendering a bold wine that boasts aromas of ripe red berries and subtle nuances of spice.  Smaller percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot add finesse with soft notes of violets and tea leaves.  Round, velvety tannins mark the finish. Following vinification in stainless steel, this Chianti Classico is aged in French and American oak barrels for 8 months.

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2016

Ultimate Wine Challenge - 91 pts

Beautiful ruby/brick appearance with classic flavors of bright cherry, wild raspberry, fresh plum, and hints of bay leaf and wild radish root. The palate is packed with freshness and bursts with yet more cherry fruit and a sprinkling of dusty tannin.

Wine Spectator - 91 pts

A lively version, offering a smooth texture and an elegant profile for the cherry, strawberry and floral notes. Well- integrated, with a moderate structure, this lingers with mineral and tobacco elements. Drink now though 2032.

B. Sanderson, October 2018

2014

Wine Enthusiast - 87 pts

Fruity and floral aromas of wild red berry and freshly picked violet lead the nose on this bright, easy-drinking red. The zesty, no-frills palate offers crushed straw,berry, orange peel and a cinnamon note alongside firm acidity and pliant tannins.

k. O'Keefe, June 2016

Wine Spectator - 87 pts

Elegant and vibrant, offering cherry, iron, smoke and tea notes. Finishes long, but on the lean side. Drink now through 2018.

B. Sanderson, May 2016

2013

Wine Enthusiast - 87 pts

A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and %5 Merlot, this opens with bright aromas of woodland berry, blue flower and dark cooking spice. The soft, easy-drinking palate offers juicy wild cherry, cinnamon and a hint of clove alongside glossy tannins. Drink soon to capture freshness.

k. O'Keefe, May 2016

2011

Wine & Spirits - 92 pts, Best Buy

Fresh red cherry flavors cushion this wine’s dry tannins, shielding their Tuscan austerity with just enough luscious richness of fruit. All of a piece, this feels restrained, providing silken caress and an edge of cracked black peppercorn. It grows at an ancient estate in the northern end of the Classico zone, replanted in the 1990s, the blend including five percent each of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

J. Green, April 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

This zesty selection has pretty aromas of violet, rose, marasca cherry and spice. The palate delivers dense wild cherry flavor layered with white pepper and hints of nutmeg. It’s still slightly tannic but has more freshness than most from this hot vintage.

K. O'Keefe, October 2013