Region: Chianti Classico, Italy
First Glance: Complex and complete single vineyard Sangiovese
Acclaim: 95 points
With a history stretching back to 1090, the Dievole estate has long been producing Chianti from their current 126 hectares of vines. After recent modernisations beginning in 2012 and a change in philosophy at the estate, the wines have never looked better. Dievole received organic certification in 2017.
At the very top of the range, the Gran Selezione Vigna di Sessina, is pure Sangiovese from the treasured vines of its namesake vineyard, on sandstone derived soils at 420 masl. The combination of the higher altitude site, coupled with a beautiful south-southeast exposure, combines both freshness and power to make a beautifully balanced and assertive Gran Selezione. Fermented in cement eggs, then aged 17 months in large format, untoasted French oak.
95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dievole's 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna di Sessina (100% Sangiovese) is similar to the Riserva made in the same vintage, only this wine offers more dark and savory definition. It's a small margin of difference, but it is perceptible, thus adding even more fuel to the overall intensity, power and depth of this wine. The 2016 vintage is beautiful, and one of its best qualities is that every minor detail of the fruit, vineyard management and winemaking comes into enhanced focus and sharpness. It's imperative not to get anything wrong, and this wine gets it all right. This second edition of a Gran Selezione from Dievole is more profound and complete compared to last year's release.