2015 Dievole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Vigna di Sessina'

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What’s a “Gran Selezione,” you ask? It’s basically a “super-Riserva” of a Chianti Classico winery’s finest vineyards, with longer time in barrel, and higher minimum alcohol and dry extract. It’s a winery’s Grand Cru expression, like this beautiful 100% Sangiovese from the Sessina vineyard that Suckling loved for its “Aromas of cinnamon, tree bark, resin and ripe fruit. Dark berries, too. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic.” A masterpiece of Tuscany, built to age and to embarrass much more expensive Brunelli. The pro pairing here is Bistecca alla Fiorentina, with fresh Ligurian olive oil and sea salt.

Varietal:
Sangiovese
Winemaker:
Alberto Antonini
Vintage:
2015
Aging:
17 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 50% new
Appellation:
Tuscany
Sub-Appellation:
Chianti Classico
Vineyard:
Sessina
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Sangiovese
Alcohol %:
14.0%
SKU #:
1038168
Size:
750 ml Bottle
James Suckling:
Aromas of cinnamon, tree bark, resin and ripe fruit. Dark berries, too. Full-bodied, chewy and tannic. Lots of new wood. Needs two or three years to soften. Better in 2020.
Wine Advocate:
This is the first release of a Gran Selezione single-vineyard wine from Dievole. The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna di Sessina (100% Sangiovese) opens to a dark and enriched appearance that mirrors the heat and sunny conditions of this fruit-forward vintage. Indeed, there is a sweet spot in this wine that is reinforced by bold cherry and blackberry aromas. This vintage is very accessible and immediate.
Wine Spectator:
Ripe, laced with cherry, currant, licorice, iron and leafy, tobacco flavors. Despite the big, burly tannins, this offers ample fruit and complexity. Needs time to unpack.