Istine, Chianti Classico, 2018

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In a ripe, yet fresh, vintage like 2018, a top-notch producer like Istine could only make top-notch wines. From the entry level Chianti Classico, grown on limestone marl soils, we get vibrant fruit tempered by chalky minerality, a piquant freshness and crushed flowers. 

We're head over heels for this Radda-based winery, with holdings in some of Chianti Classico's highest elevation vineyards.

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The wines of Istine with winemaker Angela Fronti show a fine-boned, red-fruited prettiness and purity of terroir expression that convey an image of some historic, essential Chianti Classico estate such as Montevertine. Yet the estate is a fairly recent creation; the first vintage produced here was 2009. Their single-vineyard wines are made from mere 10-15 year-old vines with a depth and minerality one wouldn't expect from vines that young.

Chalk it up to great terroir. All the vineyards are located in Chianti Classico, in and around the villages of Radda (also home to Montevertine) and Gaiole. They're pretty steep, at high elevation, and super-rocky. This explains why these young vines can give such complexity and stoniness; they don't need years to for their roots to hit bedrock – they're planted directly on it!

In addition to the cool microclimates, Angela's commitment to organic viticulture and low-intervention winemaking must contribute to the jewel-like radiance and purity of the wines; it tastes like nothing is getting in the way, and that's because nothing is.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"The 2018 Chianti Classico is bright and racy, with tons of Radda Sangiovese character. Red berry fruit, flowers, chalk and white pepper all grace this super-expressive, translucent Chianti Classico. The 2018 is a bit airy and taut, but that is also a big part of its appeal. Readers who appreciate slightly nervous reds will adore the 2018." -Vinous

Wine Enthusiast

WE 93
"Aromas of crushed dark-skinned berry, violet, tilled earth and baking spice are front and center on this fragrant red. Racy and loaded with youthful energy, the savory palate features black plum, Marasca cherry and licorice framed in taut polished tannins. Bright acidity keeps it fresh and balanced. Drink through 2025." -Kerin O'keefe


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  • Style

    Elegant , Juicy , Minerally

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  • Body

    Light Bodied