Milano Wine Week was held on October 2-10. It was a series of wine related events based in Milan, Italy. One of the many events that week was the International Master Class Programs which was a series of classes held in various cities around the world that was coordinated with a live video feed from Milan.
In New York City those classes were held at Il Gattopardo restaurant located at 15 West 54th Street in midtown Manhattan.
On October 4th I attended a tasting sponsored by the Consorzio Vino Chianti, “Chianti D.O.C.G.: Quintessence of Tuscany”. It was a blind tasting of seven 2019 Chianti from each of the seven sub districts in Chianti, Colli Fiorentini, Colline Pisane, Colli Senesi, Colli Aretini, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Montalbano and Chianti Montespertoli. Chianti Classico, another sub district was granted its own DOCG.
All of the wines were from the 2019 vintage and were tasted blind and at this point still young.
Artimino Chianti Montalbano
Opaque dark purple with red candy, roast meat and wood notes on the nose, tight, red citrus and red candy fruit notes ending with crisp and crunchy acids.
Tenuta San Vito Chianti Fiorentini
Opaque dark purple, tree bark, black licorice and cooked vegetable on the nose, tight, black licorice and cherry on the tight fruit with bitter almonds on the finish.
Badia Di Morrona Chianti Pisane
Opaque dark purple with a sweet perfume of toasted oak on the nose, red licorice on the fruit with firm acids.
Poggio Al Vento Chianti Senesi
Opaque dark purple, red cherry and tree bark on the nose, firm dusty leather fruit, balanced with a tarry finish.
Podere Dell’Anselmo Chianti Montespertoli
Dark purple to black in color with sweet tar, earth and toast notes on the nose, silky fruit with graphite notes, good balance with a good grip on the moderate to long finish.
Il Palazzo Chianti Arentini
Opaque dark purple, sweet roast meat on the nose, dusty fruit with green herbs on the finish with a firm grip on the end.
Fattoria Lavaccio Chianti Rufina
Opaque dark purple, closed nose of violets and red leather, black cherry notes on the fruit with a firm, dusty grip at the end with bitter almond notes.