FULL NOTES: A rather cold spring and abundant rainfall up to mid June; good weather conditions thereafter, with no peaks of excessive heat; steep temperature excursions in September, with moisture availability persisting in adequate quantities. Thinnig out effected in two stages, combining for a total 30% reduction of initial fruit load. An even and gradual ripening allowed for a wine of notable concentration, finely balanced by an appropriate acidity level.
The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole is a super-elegant, perfumed wine. Classy and polished, with exceptional balance, the 2016 has so much to offer. All the best elements of the house style come together in a deep, layered Chianti Classico that oozes with class. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol build into the finely knit, delineated finish. The 2016 spent 22 months in a combination of casks and smaller format French oak, mostly tonneaux. In 2016, Baròncole is especially fine. Don't miss it! –95 points, Vinous.com
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