2010 Mazzei, Fonterutoli, Chianti Classico, Tuscany

( £16.75, 13.5%, Great Western Wine )

When it’s good – and 2010 is a very classy vintage in Tuscany – Chianti Classico can still deliver a lot of flavour and complexity for less than £20. That’s certainly the case here, because I can’t remember a better basic wine from this estate. Its texture is almost Pinot Noir-like, but with a nip of tannin to add some extra backbone. On the palate, it’s silky and sweet with subtle oak and notes of dried tea, raspberry and wild strawberry. Essence of Sangiovese. 

BuyDrinking window: 2013-18Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Italy, Red, Sangiovese
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