Villa Rosa, Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) “Ribaldoni” 2018

($33, Volio Imports):  The Cecchi family purchased the Villa Rosa estate in 2015 because it was an ideal site for Sangiovese. The focus is to make a Gran Selezione, the category at the tip of the Chianti Classico quality pyramid.  I suspect this Chianti Classico comes from grapes that did not make it into the Gran Selezione.  That said, since tasting the Villa Rosa’s 2018 Ribaldoni Chianti Classico last year, it has put on weight and is more impressive.  Made entirely from Sangiovese, it has a harmonious combination of cherry-like fruitiness and savory elements, all wrapped in fine supple tannins.  Less structured and a touch fruitier than the 2018 Villa Cerna’s Chianti Classico Riserva, it’s perfect now for roast chicken, pizza, or a simple sausage pasta.
91 Michael Apstein Feb 20, 2024