To my regular readers, this will not be a surprise. They’re probably used to (tired of?) reading it. I’m almost tired of writing it. I’ve tasted I don’t know how many wines from across Italy from 2015 and I’ve yet to find one I didn’t enjoy drinking. Sure, they have varied in quality. That will be the case with any vintage, outstanding or poor. But I don’t recall a vintage with such seemingly broad success as 2015. The 2010 vintage likely comes close, but beyond that it’s been at least 10 years if not more. And some of the best wines from the vintage still won’t be released for a few years. Having said all that (again) today we’re previewing the newest release from Campochiarenti.
The 2015 Campochiarenti Chianti Colli Senesi doesn’t disappoint. Medium ruby color with violet reflections, this is traditionally made from 85% Sangiovese with the balance comprised of Colorino and Canaiolo. Generous, ripe red fruit aromas are backed by fresh Tuscan herb, leaf tobacco and a sense of warmed earth.
On the palate, the wine is fresh and juicy with lots of crushed red fruit, soft powdery tannins and hints of pipe tobacco. Maybe on the finish there’s a slight air of fennel. Not too complex at the moment, but I think with some time to settle in the bottle, a more involved picture will emerge. Always reliable. Always solid. Always soulful. What more could you want in a wonderful daily drinker? 88 points. About $11 Euro. Good news! Now readers can purchase the wines of Campochiarenti more easily. Go here: Campochiarenti Online