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Istine, Chianti Classico, 2021


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Mostly fruit from the family's Radda in Chianti vineyards, Istine and Casanova dell’Aia it has the high-toned perfume and minerality you expect from top producers (think Montevertine or Monteraponi). But with some Gaiole fruit (from Cavarchione) in the mix, it has a more immediately accessible warmth, too.

This is why we love Chianti Classico: delicious wine for a big group eating pizza or red sauce Italian, but equally well-suited to  an elevated meal (Not to mention, perfect with steak!)


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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 just bottled Chianti Classico 2021 captures all the energy of the year in its bright red fruit. Blood orange, mint, white pepper and lively acids give the Chianti Classico a remarkable energy that sparkles with excitement. All of this is underpinned by plenty of fruit. Bright salty notes extend the finish beautifully." -Vinous

Wine Spectator

WS 91
"A vivid, linear red, evoking black cherry, blackberry, licorice and spice flavors. Rich and dense, with a lively structure, this ends with generous fruit and spice notes."


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  • Style

    Earthy , Juicy , Silky

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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