Just starting my tastings of the Chianti Classico wines of 2006. My tasting notes from this morning follow.
Fattoria di Felsina, Chianti Classico, Berardenga, Tuscany, 2006: Opens with a rich floral and berry nose, goes on to show blackberry, citrus peel and spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine balance between soft tannins, sweet-cedar notes and fruits. Best 2010-2014. Score 92.
Barone Ricasoli, Chianti Classico, Brolio, Tuscany, 2006: Dark garnet towards royal purple, full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely with spicy wood, berry, black cherry and currant fruits, those backed up by notes of bitter-sweet chocolate. Rich and long. Drink now-2012. Score 91.
Fonterutoli, Chianti Classico, 2006: With its generous cocoa and vanilla notes, a medium-bodied red showing tempting blackberries, black currants and earthy-herbal notes. Delicious now but best 2009-2013. Score 91.
Brancaia, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2006: Dark garnet with purple and orange reflections, full-bodied and showing fine balance. On the nose and palate generous raspberry, blackberry, cherry and floral notes, all on a light background of minerals and vanilla. Long and generous. Drink now-2013. Score 90.
Antinori, Chianti Classico, Peppoli, Tuscany, 2006: Garnet towards royal purple, medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins integrating nicely and showing generous black and red berry notes on first attack, those opening to reveal notes of spring flowers and bitter-sweet chocolate and, on the long finish, hints of minerals and white pepper. Drink now-2012. Score 90.