EPISODE #23
Screenwriter Jason Filardi & Chianti Classico

2013 Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico ($44)

An intense ruby red with purple highlights in color, the aromatic gamut of the 2013 Marchese Antinori ranges from ripe red fruit, with perceptible notes of wild cherries and cherries under spirits to tobacco, leather, and spices. The initial palate sensations are very soft with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. The finish is richly flavorful and pleasurable and is quite lasting and sustained.

Wine Scores

Ben: 92

Scott: 91

Tom: 90

Jason: 93

Dark ruby red in the glass. This wine shows a full and intense bouquet but at the same time sweet and fruity, with hints of black soft fruit. Pleasant overtone of noble wood, vanilla and cocoa and a surprising cherry finish. On the palate, dry, firmly structured, austere and elegant; well balanced. Excellent persistence of the flavor on the palate.

Wine Scores

Ben: 89

Scott: 87

Tom: 88

Jason: 88

2013 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico ($15)  

2013 San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico ($28)

San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo grapes, hand-picked when perfectly mature. It is fermented in glazed concrete and stainless steel vats for about 14 days. During fermentation the skins and must are pumped-over and punched-down a number of times to extract the maximum qualities from the grapes. After the wine has been racked , the skins are soft-pressed in an horizontal press and the juice thus obtained is added to the wine. Malolactic fermentation is stimulated by heating the building where the vats are stored. The wine is aged in medium sized casks and oak Tonneaux for about 10-12 months, during which period it is racked several times. Before being released, it is held in bottle for at least another six months.

Wine Scores

Ben: 86

Scott: 86

Tom: 87

Jason: 86

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