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Of course you don’t have to go back years to find bad Chianti, there’s plenty available today but little of it makes its way to our shores. Today’s Chianti producers are a blend of modernists and traditionalists who, as a group, are producing wines that have never been better, and with painfully few exceptions, continue to be budget priced. This is a list of favorites--each produces lower priced wines as well so don’t be taken aback by the relatively high pricing here. These are fabulous wines!

2009 Montevertine Rosso $40
2007 Fonterutoli Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva $30
2007 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo $30
2009 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva Baroncole $45
2008 Boncie Le Trame Chianti Classico $40
2009 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva $20
2008 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia $40
2009 Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale $40
2009 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva $30
2009 Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale $35

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
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    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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