The Best Wines For This Summer Weekend’s Outing  by  John Mariani 


Ricasoli’s Chiantis date back to the 19th century, when the estates created the wine’s grape blend.

 RICASOLI CHIANTI CLASSICO RONCIONE GRAN SELEZIONE 2015 ($85); COLLEDILÀ CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE 2015 ($70); CENIPRIMO CHIANTI CLASSICO SELEZIONE 2015 ($85)—Readers of these columns well know my affection for Chianti Classicos, though I didn’t expect them to be at these prices. Worth it? Yes, because while they retain the Sangiovese flavors that distinguish these Tuscan beauties, they also edge towards the heights of the best Brunellos and estates like Ornellaia and Sassicaia. Ricasoli has been at the job since 1872, and in fact pioneered the composition of what we know as Chianti. These three current examples are all 100% Sangiovese: The Colledilà (which means the “other side of the hill”)...(continue reading on )