Babo Chianti 2021


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Region: Tuscany
Grapes: Sangiovese
First Glance: Fresh, Lively, Structured, Alpine Herbs 

The Wine:

Cheap Chianti can be all kinds of wrong, but this is a deliciously juicy, medium-bodied, Tuscan red that is crazy good value. This was the first Chianti, as far as we know, to be bottled under screwcap and offered in a Burgundy-shaped bottle (of course others have now followed). Quality fruit, sourced from a southwest-facing vineyard in Vinci (near Empoli) elevates this to a status that far exceeds what you’d normally expect at this price point. 

The winemaking took two paths. The first was whole-bunch fermentation with roughly 100% carbonic maceration, raised in concrete vats for six months. A second ferment was de-stemmed and matured in concrete for eight months. The blend captures plenty of Chianti’s trademark sour cherry tang making for a delicious, jubey red that Justin Bubb aptly describes as a “Beaujolais from Italy”.