Tenuta Perano, Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) 2018

($33):  Frescobaldi, the iconic Tuscan producer whose homebase is Chianti Rùfina, has recently expanded into Chianti Classico with their Perano estate.  Just as they make exceptional wine in Rùfina, they have done the same at Perano.  As expected from a Riserva, their 2018 has more weight and depth than their straight Chianti Classico.  That said, this blend of Sangiovese and Merlot maintains a perfect harmony of red, cherry-like fruit, spice, and other savory elements.  It has a bit of everything without going over-board.  Despite a 14.5 percent stated alcohol, the wine is neither heavy nor hot.  Bright Tuscan acidity keeps it fresh throughout a meal.  Lovely now with a hearty pasta dish, this beauty will improve over the years, so there’s no rush.
93 Michael Apstein Nov 14, 2023