Wine Spectator’s long-time reviewer, Bruce Sanderson, had this to say about the magazine’s no. 2 value wine of 2021: “The wine is aged for a total of 12 months, seven to eight in stainless-steel tanks before racking into 6,000- to 9,000-liter oak casks. Banfi has permission to age and bottle its Chianti Classico outside the zone because former winemaker Ezio Rivella grew grapes in Chianti Classico beginning in the early 1980s. The 2019 vintage in Chianti Classico was excellent, with a very long and balanced growing season that resulted in intense wines.” My own review is briefer: WOW! Sanderson gave this Italian beauty 92 points and – double WOW – you can get it for less than $12/bottle!

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